WRAPS tours set for Aug. 26-27

Workshops and tours about rangeland and pond management are planned for Aug. 26 and 27 in Geary and Marion counties.

The tours are being organized by area Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) projects including, Twin Lakes, Clarks Creek Melvern, Marion and Fall River.

The workshops will begin at 9:30 a.m. Speakers include: David Kraft, NRCS area rangeland specialist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service; Dale Kirkham of the Kansas Rural Center; and Harold Klaassen, retired fisheries biologist at Kansas State University.

These experts will cover such topics as range improvements after a burn, general range management tips and techniques, and managing ponds for livestock and wildlife benefits.

Contractors will have displays on site; producers will ahve to visit with them and tour the pasture.

A free meal will be provided by the sponsors at noon, and door prizes will be awarded throughout the events.

The rangeland sites that have been chosen represent some of the best examples of good management techniques in the area. Pasture owners will be available to answer questions regarding the history of the pastures and the management techniques they have used to improve quality of their grazing lands.

To make reservations and receive directions to the event, contact the Marion Lake WRAPS office at 620-382-2541.

Reservations need to be made by Aug. 22 to ensure enough materials and food for everyone attending.

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