If you care about Kansas prairie and if you want to take action to protect our prairie resources, you belong with Grassland Heritage Foundation. Start by becoming a member to lend your voice and financial support, and to stay in contact with GHF. GHF depends on volunteer support to spread the prairie preservation message. You can help protect the prairie in many ways, including sharing prairie information at festivals and events, writing an article for the newsletter, helping out at our native plant sale, working with Groundhogs, our hands-on prairie restoration team, or organizing our efforts as part of the GHF board.
'Groundhogs' Hands-On Prairie Management
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.
GHF Land Manager, Frank Norman, leads monthly Groundhogs work days through most of the year. Frank organizes prairie management activities for all levels of skill and ability, such as woody plant removal, 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.
Financial supporters are as welcome as on-the-ground volunteers. Consider what you can accomplish by funding GHF's land management, education, and land protection activities. You can further GHF's progress toward prairie restoration by sponsoring critical needs such as prairie management equipment purchasing and maintenance, invasive plant removal services, fence and gate improvement. We protect prairie through our education program as we cultivate new generations of prairie protectors and well-informed homeowners, landowners, and decision-makers. Also, GHF needs to have resources available to respond to land protection opportunities.