Conserving Playas Puts Land to Its Best Use

Nov 24, 2015

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Larry Haynes of Holyoke, CO, used to farm right through playa lakes in a field. He stopped that practice because in too many years, it was impossible to harvest crops that were flooded-out in the wetlands. He's a proponent of putting land to its best use. In his case, that meant developing those wetlands into wildlife habitat to benefit autumn and winter hunting.

He fenced-off the wetlands and developed them with assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He now manages those wetlands for wildlife habitat.


Larry Haynes
Holyoke, CO

Jerry Miller
Farm Bill Biologist
Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever
Sterling, CO

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