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.

Upcoming Activities

The following activities will take place in the next three months.

Snyder Prairie Workday

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

Where: Mayetta, KS

What: Volunteer with the GHF prairie management group, the Groundhogs, in their work to restore and maintain Snyder Prairie. The volunteers work with Snyder Prairie land manager, Frank Norman, and perform work needed to keep the prairie growing. Contact GHF at grasslandheritage@gmail.com for more information. Spring burns are scheduled for April.

2014 Past Activities

The following activities took place over the past year.

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.

Snyder Prairie Management

When: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman, GHF Land Manager, completed the treatment of sericea lespedeza with herbicide in Unit 6. He also was updated by Bruce Yonke, Management Contractor, who was getting ready to hay more of the prairie fields in Unit 3. Bruce had been delayed in haying due to the weather and a backlog of work. He was planning on haying some of the eastern fields later.

Snyder Prairie Management

When: Friday, Aug 23rd, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman treated sericea lespedeza in Unit 6 as well a few patches in Unit 3 (that were found during the August workday). Unit 6 was only partially treated.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Aug 17th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman, Myron Leinwetter, Melvin Depperschmidt, and Gary Tegtmeier participated. Brush located along the fence line and woody draw in the northwestern corner of Unit 3 was cut and treated with Tordon herbicide. Much was cut, but there is still about 2/3 of the draw to finish. The hope is to remove the woody vegetation in 2013 and burn the draw during the spring 2014 in order to open up more land for haying.

Snyder Prairie Management

When: Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman, GHF Land Manager, performed sericea lespedeza treatment with Remedy XL on Units 1, 2, 3, and 4. He did not treat sericea lespedeza in the southeastern field as Bruce Yonke, management contractor, had treated that field. Sericea lespedeza needs to be treated in Unit 6.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Jul 20th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Groundhogs was cancelled. Frank Norman went to Snyder Prairie to treat sericea lespedeza, but unforeseen rainy weather with spotty thunder and lightning prevented him from this task. Instead he assessed the remaining portions of Snyder Prairie that he had not gotten to on July 15 including Units 4 and 6. Woody encroachment continues in Unit 4 (especially the Rubus) and Sericea lespedeza is still present there. Conditions in Unit 6 as it relates to Sericea lespedeza and woody encroachment has worsened, which is not entirely unexpected given the limited management effort performed there in the last few years. A new firebreak on the southern boundary will be necessary in preparation for a spring 2014 burn.

Snyder Prairie Assessment

When: Monday, Jul 15th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: In general, prairie vegetation had rebounded from the drought and late 2012 spring burns due to the wet spring and cooler summer temperatures, but vegetation was starting to show the effects of the onset of additional droughty conditions with wilting leaves. Woody vegetation is showing wilting too, but has advanced throughout the site generally speaking. Spring burns in Unit 1 where the native, unplowed prairies occur and in problematic woody areas elsewhere (i.e., unhayed areas of Units 3, 4, and 6) will be very effective in knocking back woody advancement and give us a bit of a respite. We may even do a few small burns in Unit 2. If at all possible, we should let burns creep into the woods to knock back the woody understory and stimulate herbaceous growth in the ground cover. Sericea lespedeza (SL) was found in all of the prairie units mostly in the same locations as previously observed. In general, SL has been found in a few new locations in several units(2, 3, and 6), but has decreased in overall abundance throughout Snyder Prairie. In other words, we have done a good job of controlling it for the most part.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman and Myron Leinwetter completed the work of cleaning up down trees on Unit 1 to prepare it for haying. After finishing there, they cut and piled brush on the small tract of unplowed native prairie just east of Unit 1. Bruce Yonke completed brush-hogging of Unit and was working on the good prairie in Unit 1. He left the Mayes and Roccaforte’s research area alone.

Snyder Prairie Study

When: Sunday, May 5th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman took Daphne Mayes to the Snyder Prairie to locate Roccaforte’s study area and install the bee study equipment.

Snyder Prairie Workday

When: Saturday, Apr 27th, 2013 9:00 am

Where: Mayetta, KS

Outcome: Frank Norman, Josh Wilson, Nicole Stanton, and Gary Tegtmeier participated. They picked up debris, cut trees, shrubs, and stumps in Unit 1 to prepare it for haying.

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