Cheney Lake Watershed
Increasing Technical Assistance for Regenerative Agriculture to Protect Water and Soil Health (KS)
Promote the implementation of regenerative agricultural principles on a watershed scale in south-central Kansas as a primary tool to protect and restore water quality, build soil health, enhance fish and wildlife habitat and build resilient farms and communities. Project will implement 150 Best Management Practices plans to improve management on 2,250 acres, protecting water quality, improving soil health and enhancing wildlife habitat.
Friends of the Kaw
Protecting Downstream Water Intake on the Kansas River Through Ecosystem Restoration (KS)
Restore 21.6 acres of riparian woodland and tallgrass prairie, install bioswales and conduct outreach to the local community. Project will improve water quality in the Kansas River and outreach will directly impact at least 1,050 people, resulting in expanded relationships between partners and the community, which will support the development of future projects.
Groundwork Northeast Revitalization Group
Engaging Residents to Promote Green Infrastructure in the Jersey Creek Watershed (KS)
Promote green infrastructure in the Jersey Creek watershed of northeast Kansas through engagement with local residents. Project will: 1) conduct workshops focusing on the benefits of establishing native plants and trees; 2) collaborate with local residents on the installation and maintenance of green infrastructure; 3) document stories with local residents and research related to Oak Grove and Turtle Hill; and 4) conduct a second year water quality testing at Jersey Creek.
Heartland Conservation Alliance
Training Youths in Environmental Stewardship in the Blue River Watershed (KS, MO)
Train 18 youth and employ a crew of five to seven youth who will steward 220 acres of land in the Blue River Watershed. Project will address needs for improved watershed health, improved community health and lack of natural resource management workforce.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Increasing Technical Assistance for Regenerative Agriculture Peer Mentoring Programs (KS)
Work directly with new and emerging farmers participating in regenerative agriculture in Kansas. Project will expand on an existing Farmer-to-Farmer peer mentorship program to bring 30,000 acres under improved management by implementing 150 Best Management Practices plans aimed at significantly improving soil health, water quality and carbon sequestration.
Expanding the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program on Private Working Grasslands (KS, OK)
Build upon the success of the Audubon Conservation Ranching Program (ACR) partnership in Oklahoma and expanding ACR technical assistance efforts and resources into Kansas. Project will result in the direct enhancement and protection of 90,000 acres of grassland, soil and water resources in Oklahoma and Kansas, keep viable working lands productive and demonstrate the benefits of wildlife habitat conservation and regenerative grazing practices with participating producers.
The Nature Conservancy
Pollinator Habitat Restoration and Management at Smoky Valley Ranch (KS)
Restore 760 acres of cropland to prairie at Smoky Valley Ranch in Kansas using a diverse seed mix that will benefit monarch butterflies and other native pollinators. Project will improve 5,200 acres through prescribed fire, conservation grazing and enhanced seed dispersal to increase the abundance of native wildflower species.
The Nature Conservancy
Increasing Technical Assistance for Grassland Conservation in the Red Hills (KS, OK)
Increase capacity for The Nature Conservancy’s Red Hills Initiative, a 10-year community-based conservation effort for the Red Hills landscape of Kansas and Oklahoma that provides a full suite of technical private lands assistance, such as prescribed burn and regenerative grazing plans, as well as assistance with management of invasive species. Project will improve management on 100,000 acres and restore 50,000 acres of private working lands.