Conserving Playas Puts Land to Its Best Use

Nov 24, 2015

Credit Michael Pearce / kansas.com

Larry Haynes of Holyoke, CO, used to farm right through playa lakes in a field. He stopped that practice because in too many years, it was impossible to harvest crops that were flooded-out in the wetlands. He's a proponent of putting land to its best use. In his case, that meant developing those wetlands into wildlife habitat to benefit autumn and winter hunting.

He fenced-off the wetlands and developed them with assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He now manages those wetlands for wildlife habitat.

PARTICIPANTS:

Larry Haynes
Landowner/Farmer
Holyoke, CO

Jerry Miller
Farm Bill Biologist
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever
Sterling, CO

Produced by Playa Lakes Joint Venture.