Land Management

Volunteers gather after burning the Snyder Prairie

Volunteers gather after burning the Snyder Prairie

Managing Prairie

Taking care of prairies has long been an important—and fun—part of prairie protection for Grassland Heritage Foundation. GHF volunteers, called "Groundhogs," assist with land management at the Snyder Prairie near Mayetta, Kansas. GHF staff, board members and in-kind partners provide expertise in land management planning & techniques, exotic species control, and prairie restoration.

Land Manager

GHF Land Manager, Frank Norman, leads Groundhogs work days on the third Saturday of every month except December. Frank organizes prairie management activities for all levels of skill and ability, such as seed collection, musk thistle removal, and assistance with controlled burns. Frank also works with the GHF Board to establish multi-year management plans, and to track our progress toward meeting prairie management and restoration goals.

Contact Us if you would like to participate with any prairie management activities.

Financial Support

Financial supporters are as welcome as on-the-ground volunteers. You can further GHF's progress toward prairie restoration by sponsoring critical needs such as equipment maintenance, invasive tree removal services, fence and gate improvement, and the purchase of safety equipment.

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Management Activities

Listed below are upcoming and past activities that GHF has sponsored that concern prairie management such as brush removal, prescribed burning, and controlling invasive plant species. Most occur at GHF owned Snyder Prairie.

2014 Past Activities

The following activities took place over the past year.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Apr 19th, 2014 9:30 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

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Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Mar 15th, 2014 9:30 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

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Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014 9:30 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

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Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Jan 18th, 2014 9:30 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

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2013 Past Activities

The following activities took place over the past year.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Nov 16th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Kellis Bayless and Frank Norman cut down small Osage orange trees in the north-south hedgerow bordering the eastern boundary of the native prairie in Unit 1.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Oct 19th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman, Myron Leinwetter, Ted Abel, Gary Tegtmeier, Nicole Stanton, and Josh Wilson participated. The volunteers cut and treated woody brush with Tordon herbicide. Brush was cleared along the fence line and woody draw in the northwestern corner of Unit 3. More brush and tree saplings still need to be cut and treated.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Sep 21st, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman, Myron Leinwetter, Ted Abel, and Dale Nimz participated. Brushy vegetation was cut and treated with Tordon herbicide in the woody draw in the northwestern corner of management unit 3. Much brush was cut but there is still more to remove. We are expecting to burn the draw during the spring 2014 in order to open up more land for haying.

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