Dyck Arboretum offering informational meeting for prairie landowners

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston, is inviting prairie landowners to a meeting with Chris Tecklenburg from the Reno County Natural Resources Conservation Service at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, to discuss financial incentives for prairie management.

Prairie landowners may be eligible for cost-sharing programs by considering the following types of land management:

— utilizing prairie for agricultural use such as grazing or haying

— eliminating trees to improve rangeland

— temporary exclusion from cattle to rest rangeland

— managing land to protect, restore, develop or enhance fish and wildlife habitat

Tecklenburg will review benefits and eligibility of programs including CRP (Conservation Reserve Program), WRP (Wetland Reserve Program), WHIP (Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program), and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP).

Arrive for supper ($5) at 5:30 p.m. or for the free talk at 6 p.m. After the Q&A session with Tecklenburg, Brad Guhr from the Dyck Arboretum will lead a brief prairie walk on a hay meadow just west of Hesston before dusk to see what is in bloom.

Please RSVP by e-mailing Brad (bradg@hesston.edu) or calling 620-327-8127 by Monday, May 10.

Dyck Arboretum is located at 177 W. Hickory in Hesston.

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