Annual trek through native prairie set for Saturday
Residents interested in experiencing a bit of Kansas native prairie can take advantage of an annual walk through several acres this weekend.
The Kansas Land Trust will have its annual Wildflower Walk at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Dorothy Akin Memorial Prairie. In the event of rain, the walk will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The area is located between Lawrence and Eudora, south of Kansas Highway 10 near Douglas County roads 1057 and 1150.
"It kind of inspires people to think about prairie preservation, and it's also a chance just to see a patch of beautiful land," said Joyce Wolf, executive director of the Kansas Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that protects and preserves land of ecological, historical, scenic, agricultural or recreational significance.
The 17-acre native tallgrass prairie was preserved with a conservation easement donated to the trust in 1994. The organization has been sponsoring tours of the site since then.
The easement protects the land from uses detrimental to the prairie, such as residential development, and ensures it will be managed as a prairie hay meadow.
Kelly Kindscher, prairie ecologist and author of two books about prairie plants, will lead Saturday's trip.
It should last about an hour, depending on the weather, Wolf said.
"If it's real hot, it will probably be less, but if it's nice, we can be out longer," she said.
Wolf recommends long slacks and sturdy shoes for the walk.
Lynn Byczynski, Kansas Land Trust board member, also will be present with copies of her recently published book, "The Flower Farmer."
To get to the area, take Kansas Highway 10 east and go south on County Road 1057 about 2 1/2 miles. Turn west on County Road 1050 and go about .4 of a mile.