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Tallgrass Spiritual Retreat Center - Prairie Chickens
Facilitators: Jane Koger of the Homestead Ranch and friends*
Jane Koger is a fourth-generation Chase County rancher who has been owner and operator of the Homestead Ranch near Matfield Green, Kansas for over 25 years. Her interest in prairie chickens reflects the values of a program she has recently begun on her ranch, the Homestead Range Renewal Initiative (HRRI).
HRRI's multi-faceted program-alternative grazing
strategies, fence removal, a prescribed patch burning system, reseeding of native plants on previously cultivated land, and management of invasive trees - is an ecosystem approach to rangeland management that simultaneously considers biological diversity and grazing productivity. This integrated program is an acknowledgement of Jane
's stewardship responsibilities to leave a legacy of land that is in better health than when she
acquired it in 1979. Jane, who recently became a member of the North American Grouse Partnership
, is excited about having the Prairie Chickens on her
enjoys participating in the Dance of the Prairie Chickens.
*Jane has a team of prairie chicken enthusiasts helping her