Josh Rouse: Cargill, Ducks Unlimited partner on conservation project on Kansas' Ogallala Aquifer
Kansas waterfowl conservationists are partnering with a major agriculture business to help restore wetlands in the state.
Thanks to a $400,000 grant from Cargill, Ducks Unlimited will restore at least 6,000 acres of playa wetlands and associated uplands along the Ogallala Aquifer/Playa Recharge, according to a news release.
The grant also will allow DU to restore crucial habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife while enhancing the public recreation area in the Tamarack Water Recharge in the Platte River Recharge in Colorado.
“We’re grateful for our long-standing relationship with Cargill and excited to take our partnership to the next level in Kansas and Colorado,” said Eric Lindstrom, DU Great Plains region managing director of development, in the release. “These conservation investments will pay huge dividends in water sustainability, improved wildlife habitat and benefits to rural communities.”
The move is big news for Kansas' waterfowl hunters, as wetlands are essential for migrating ducks and geese as a source of drinking water and for feeding, resting, shelter and social interactions. Wetlands also provide a benefit for humans in helping to provide clean water by slowing the flow of water across the landscape, which allows sediment, nutrients and other particles to settle to the bottom.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's waterfowl habitats and has been going strong since 1937. Since then, the organization has conserved more than 15 million acres with help from more than a million supporters across the continent.
Part of the fundraising mechanism for DU includes annual banquets and dinners put on by local chapters, which typically includes meals, auctions, raffles and gun drawings.
Among the upcoming DU fundraisers in Kansas include:
• Jayhawks Ducks Unlimited dinner, 5:30 p.m. June 4, The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave. in Lawrence.
• Manhattan Firearm Frenzy, 1 p.m. June 5, Cat Cans, 9041 Green Valley Drive, Manhattan.
• Atchison and Leavenworth DU Sponsor and Supporter Dinner, 5 p.m. June 5, Atchison Elks Lodge, 609 Kansas Ave. in Atchison.
• Ottawa DU dinner, 5:30 p.m. June 12, Celebration Hall at the Franklin Co. Fairgrounds, 220 W. 17th in Ottawa.
• Pittsburg Area DU Dinner, 5:30 p.m. June 26, Mira Shrine Center, 110 W. Fifth in Pittsburg.
For more information on Ducks Unlimited, visit https://www.ducks.org.
Topeka team wins KBN 4-Man event
A team from the Capital City came up big last weekend during the Kansas BASS Nation 4-Man tournament on Perry Reservoir in Jefferson County.
The Topeka team of Richard Heflin, Mike Turner (Berryton), Nick Butler and Tate Herrman posted a 10-pound lead to capture the win Sunday on the second day of the event, posting a two-day total of 41.69 pounds. The runner-up squad of Brent Lanoue, Steve Johnson and Terry and Drew Blackwood totaled 31.04 pounds, with the third-place squad consisting of Danny Bricker, Scott Hamel and Darrell and Gale Brown at 29.5 pounds.
The Day 1 big bass went to Jerry and Jake Hoesli with a 5.33-pound largemouth, while Day 2 went to Robert Jilka and Timothy Merkh with a 6.61-pounder.
The next and final 4-Man series event will be Sept. 18-19 at Wilson Reservoir, with the state championship and a spot in the BASS Team Series Championship on the line.
KANSAS BASS NATION
4-MAN TEAM SERIES RESULTS MAY 22-23 ON PERRY RESERVOIR
Team ... Total weight
1. Butler/Turner/Herrman/Heflin ... 41.69
2. Lanoue/Johnson/T. Blackwood/D. Blackwood ... 31.04
3. Bricker/Hamel/D. Brown/G. Brown ... 29.5
4. J. Maldonado/L. Maldonado/Smith/Cornell ... 28.99
5. Je. Hoesli/Ja. Hoesli/Merkh/Jilka ... 21.13
6. Garrison/Jo. Campbell/Schaben/Ja. Campbell ... 16.51
7. Calkin/Fish/Lantz/Kirkley ... 12.22
8. Jordan/Williams/Porter/Johnson ... 8.70
9. Unger/Hickert/Schmidt/Cole ... 8.11
10. Barrett/Crank/Brimager/Harris ... 3.20
Day 1 big fish — Team Hoesli, 5.33
Day 2 big fish — Jilka/Merkh, 6.61