HPPR Environment

Conservation
8:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Ranchers: Lesser Prairie Chicken = Greater Government Intervention

Credit Greg Kramos/USFWS

Landowners in Texas tend to be skeptical of more government involvement when it comes to protecting the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird inhabiting the portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, according to an article in The Texas Tribune.

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Ogallala Aquifer
8:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Water Source at the Crossroads

Credit USDA NRCS

Stretching from western Texas to South Dakota, the Ogallala Aquifer supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Underlying approximately 225,000 square miles of the Great Plains, water from the aquifer is vital to agricultural, municipal and industrial development. Approximately 30 percent of all groundwater used for irrigation in America is drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Recent Survey Says Most Texans Believe in Global Warming

Credit texastribune.org

800 Texans were surveyed in a recent Yale Project on climate change.  Most believe global warming is happening according to a recent article by the Texas Tribune.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Zoo Landscaping

Skip and Tom Gillian looking over the landscaping
Cindee Talley

Skip has a special guest in today.  Tom Gillan dropped by to talk about the differences between landscaping in public areas versus a home.  Tom is the owner of Native Nursery in Golden, Colorado.  He also talked about his current project:  Cat Canyon at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas.    

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Flora
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Weekend Getaway: You can still enjoy Colorado Fall Foliage

Credit C2 Photography

Even though the images and stories you hear of Colorado say everything is a mess, there are still opportunities to enjoy the fall colors despite the flood. 

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation, Kansas/Oklahoma

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

This is a regional grazing group located in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma on 5.4 million acres of mixed-grass and sand-sage prairies. The region is ecologically important because it is Kansas’ second largest, in-tact tract of native prairie (second only to the Flint Hills), and is home to a number of declining wildlife species which require large, unfragmented tracts of native prairie. The group works with ranchers in its area to educate how best to manage grasslands to produce wildlife, clean air and water,  as well as income from livestock grazing.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Elk Camp: Last Day, Big Rain

Robert Blackstock, bear hunting, Fall 2013
Credit Luke Clayton

Folks, this is going to be short and sweet because I am heading home from the Colorado mountains.  As many of you know, we have been up here at elk camp for almost a month, and this week has been suuum-thing.  

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Fauna
9:36 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Monarchs are Coming to Kansas

Credit wikipedia.org

The Monarchs are passing through Kansas.  The monarch lives a life of migration and cycles.  During spring and summer, they travel to the north, and then with fall, head south to find warmer weather.  What many do now know, is the fact that one butterfly does not make this entire journey.  Monarchs go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year according to monarch-butterfly.com.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:46 am
Thu September 19, 2013

A Dilly of a Deal

A snapshot of Skip's garden visitors
Credit Lisa- one of the gardening girls

    This summer has been filled with delight because of the mass migration of black swallowtails who have been making my garden their home.  Though they love to hang out around the butterfly bushes and rest up in the cool damp earth around the little outdoor fountain, when it comes to creating offspring they head for the herb garden.  There the clumps of dill weed seem to be the favorite food of the black, green and yellow striped caterpillars that have quietly invaded and are munching their way along the stems and seed heads.  The dill looks a bit forlorn for a few days, but bounces right back in time for the next wave of butterflies that are looking for a bit of real estate.

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Water
8:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Water Rights: Disputes Increase Across the High Plains

Credit http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5079/SIR2013-5079.pdf / U.S. Geological Survey

Disagreements over water are nothing new, but depletion and dependency on the aquifers below the ground’s surface are escalating disputes over water rights across the High Plains. 

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Playa Country Episode
8:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Canadian River Cooperative Weed Management Area, Texas/Oklahoma

Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

This partnership - consisting of agencies, non-governmental organizations and landowners - is working to control invasive plants along the banks of the Canadian River in the Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma. Salt cedar, Eastern Red Cedar and Russian Olive trees are being controlled if not eradicated.

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Fauna
8:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

The Endangered Arkansas Shiner: The Canadian River is Not a Safe Place to Call Home

Salt Cedar along the Canadian River
Credit cooperativeconservation.org

The Arkansas Shiner is a small, silvery minnow that spawns in the Canadian River.  It also has a prime spot on the federal government’s list of threatened species.  No longer found in Arkansas, numbers were so diminished two years ago, shiners were netted and taken to a hatchery in Oklahoma to preserve them reported The Texas Tribune

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Elk Camp: The Details of Daily Life

Credit Luke Clayton

 This week, I'm sharing a few details about elk camp.  First, what to bring.  You need to bring your bow, and appropriate clothing.  It's very important that you are proficient with your bow before arriving at camp.  Once you arrive, we get straight to business.  There's no time to practice.

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Fauna
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Threatened Species and Oil Companies: Match Made in Heaven or Fox in the Hen House?

dunes sagebrush lizard
Credit nhnm.unm.edu

Would you put the fox in charge of guarding the hen house?  That’s what critics are saying about the biggest players in the energy industry taking a major role in protecting endangered species according to The Texas Tribune

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Fall Tree Planting

Credit whatsgrowingonfrostnursery.com

As our weather moves toward the cool and crispy days of autumn, it heralds changes to the gardening routine.  As gardens and lawns slow down and give you a bit more time, don't forget that this is the best time to add trees and shrubs to your landscape. Today GHP covers some basics of fall planting, to get your tree or shrub off to a good start. 
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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Roger Mills Prescribed Burn Association, Oklahoma

Credit Roger Mills, Prescribed Fire Association

The association formed in 2006 and covers Roger Mills and Beckam counties. The group addresses the four common reasons people do not use prescribed fire: liability, training/experience, labor and equipment.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Elk Camp: Bear!

Credit Luke Clayton

Luke calls in from elk camp

Folks, I'm calling in from elk camp again this week.  The numbers of black bear again this year are just tremendous!  We've had some close encounters, and that's enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Dyck Arboretum: Native Plant Sale

Credit mywedding.com

Skip talks on the phone with Dyck Arboretum Executive Director, Scott Vogt.

This week a special event is taking place at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston, Kansas.  FloraKansas is the largest native plant sale in the state, and will take place Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8.  This event has been going on for 14 years, and its popularity is growing almost as rapidly as the numbers of native perennials, wildflowers and grasses that will be offered for sale.  More information about the location, hours and available plants can be found by calling 620-327-8127, or going online to www.dyckarboretum.org.  A visit to this special place is always a joy, and the plant sale this weekend makes it even more fun and informative.

Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Sandhills Task Force, Nebraska

Sandhill Cranes
Credit The Spokesman-Review

    This group's mission is to partner with ranchers in the Sandhill region of north-central Nebraska to identify, prioritize, plan and implement projects that benefit private ranching, wildlife and vegetative diversity and associated water supplies. Besides ranchers, members include representatives of local communities, groups, organizations and state and federal agencies.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Elk Camp: Calling in the Big Ones

Mark Armour and Luke Clayton at Elk Camp
Credit Luke Clayton

Folks, it's week two up here at Elk Camp, and I am having the time of my life!  

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Water
8:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Texas Groundwater: Money Won't Fix All the Problems

Map of Groundwater Conservation Districts in the TX Panhandle: 61-North Plains (founded 12/1955); 35-Hemphill County (11/4/1997); 64-Panhandle (1/21/1956); 56-Mesquite (11/4/1986); 37-High Plains No.1 (9/29/1951); 28-Gateway (5/3/2003)
Credit Texas Water Development Board

Lawmakers pushed this session for a statewide, comprehensive water plan.  That includes a proposition that would add $2 billion to the Texas Water Development Board’s portfolio for future water supply projects, if approved.  At the annual meeting of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, participants concluded money won’t fix many problems they face reported the Texas Tribune.    

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Texas Earthquakes: New Study Reveals Extraction is a Big Cause

Cliff Frohlich, Associate Director at the University of Texas's Institute for Geophysics
Credit State Impact Texas

 A new study from the University of Texas shows the recent cluster of earthquakes are mostly caused by oil and gas extraction reported State Impact Texas

Cliff Frohlich is the Associate Director at UT’s Institute for Geophysics and lead author of the study. 

“The question we were looking at was, were quakes in the area linked to the disposal of hydrofracking waste?” said Frohlich. 

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
4:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Tomato Diseases

Credit blogs.cornell.edu

 A look back at my past gardening challenges brings up the myriad of difficulties one faces when trying to grow tomatoes.  These most popular fruits of our gardening labors require consistent record keeping, as you don't ever want to plant them in the same space within a three year period.  Tomatoes can suffer from a wide variety of soil-borne and airborne illnesses, as well as being the target of a horde of insects that can eat or infect the foliage of your prize plants.  After years of fighting against blight, viruses, unpredictable weather patterns, and beastly bugs, I've decided that perhaps the best solution to my tomato problems is found in the adage about 'safety in numbers'.   

Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Three Rivers Alliance, Colorado

Unharvested Playa
Credit Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

This group's mission is to sustain vibrant natural and human communities of the Republican River Basin by promoting good stewardship of its land, water and wildlife. The group addresses three aspects of long-term landscape sustainability: economics, education and conservation.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Amarillo: May Hailstorm Damage Total Is In

Credit spotted.amarillo.com

The hailstorm that hammered Amarillo on May 28 resulted in $500 million in insured losses according to Claims Journal.  The final figure was released recently by the Property Claim Services of the Insurance Services Office (ISO).  The ISO is responsible for tallying catastrophic weather losses across the country.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Elk Camp: A Typical Day

The place I'm headed. Can't wait to get there. See the elk?
Credit Luke Clayton

  Folks, I have to tell you, I have had enough of trying to teach Cindee to fish.  I'm headed up to the mountains of Colorado for the next three weeks for some peace and quiet.  My buddy Larry Large and I guide hunts, and I am looking forward to the trip.  Take a listen to the audio.  I called in and chatted with Cindee about a typical day in camp.  It might not be what you expect.  I'll be in touch.  

Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Lawn Lamentations

Credit jeinc.com

Although buffalo grass is still my lawn of choice for the dry and windy area we call the Southern High Plains, this summer it has been hard pressed to bounce back from our third year of ongoing drought and high temperatures.  As our area of the world seems to be turning more desert-like, even this native of the short grass prairie will need occasional water and maybe a shot of nutrients to do its best.  But it still offers the best alternative when planning a lawn that can stand up to all the challenges our climate has to offer.
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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Landowner Conservation Partnerships

Burrowing Owl
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Habitat conservation requires local support, collaboration and leadership. When landowners, community leaders and resource managers work collaboratively to conserve natural resources, that's when the majority of habitat work takes place. We examine what local conservation partnerships are - and why they're important.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Die Fly!

Credit paqwak.com

If curses and death wishes worked, a fly couldn’t survive, let alone buzz in anyone’s ear or crawl on their flesh, near my house. In the last two weeks, I’ve thought or said, “Die fly,” at least a 10,000 times. Unfortunately, wishing these creepy crawlers into the afterworld has had absolutely no effect. It’s time for an attack plan.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Teaching Cindee to Catfish: the saga continues

Credit nebraskapassport.com

Folks, to this point, I’ve taught Cindee about bait, how to rig her pole, and where to look for catfish.  Today, I’m going to give her a tip that is a sure fire way to catch those cats.  

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