The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition Board of Directors held a strategic planning session on Tuesday, May 8, at the headquarters of Quivera National Wildlife Refuge, Stafford. The Board, advisory committee, and a number of interested guests engaged in a thoughtful look at what KGLC has accomplished over the past 3-4 years as they worked to implement their current Strategy Plan, then they walked through a series of questions to collect ideas, objectives, goals and specific actions to integrate into an updated Strategy that should carry them through 2015. Chairman Bill Sproul, Sedan-area rancher, provided leadership through the day's activities.
After the strategy session, the group toured a portion of the 22,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge to view what management the US Fish and Wildlife Service staff is using to recover, improve, and sustain the natural plant and animal communities on the Refuge. The agency uses prescribed fire, prescribed grazing, mechanical and chemical methods to manage invasive plants including woody species, common reed grass, cattails, and other species that negatively impact the salt marsh environment. The group also viewed damage from a recent tornado that passed through the Refuge.