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Symposium: Living the Land Ethic in Kansas • Harvey County

Saturday, Mar 18th, 2017 @ 8-3:30
Dyck Arboretum • 177 West Hickory • Hesston, KS • Map

A day long Symposium with presentations by eight experts in the fields of soil, botany, wildlife, land management practices and a look to the future of these systems under human stewardship. Click through the Event/Registration link below for full itinerary.

Registration Required:
Early bird fee of $40 for Arboretum members/$50 for non-members (fee increases to $50/$60 March 10) includes a full day of presentations, breakfast, and lunch. To register, contact the Dyck Arboretum at 620-327-8127 / 177 W. Hickory, Hesston, KS or


The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” – Aldo Leopold

Symposium Goals

1.Introduce the concept of Leopold’s Land Ethic
2.Learn more about the elemental prairie resources of soils, vegetation, and wildlife that shape our Kansas economy and identity
3.Find inspiration from the practitioners who steward our Kansas natural and human resources
4.Hear a message of hope for how to be better stewards in the future

Symposium Summary

Collectively, “the land” in Kansas represents an immense array of natural resources for which we are very fortunate to be temporary stewards. Appreciating the value of these resources, educating ourselves about their complexities and vulnerabilities, learning how to be good caretakers, and making it a priority to pass them along in good shape to our children and grandchildren should be important to all Kansans.

Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic writings in A Sand County Almanac implored us as people to make deep connections with the soil, plants, and animals of our respective natural landscapes. In Kansas, our food, economy, and recreation are closely connected to the prairie. Agricultural production thrives here thanks to a heritage of deep prairie soils. Ranching provides a sustainable way to make a living on the most extensive remaining acreages of tallgrass prairie left in the United States. Birding, photography, and hunting of prairie wildlife provide popular, income-producing recreation. The prairie soils, vegetation and wildlife of Kansas are critically important to our sustenance and identity as people. We conserve these natural resources for survival in the moment, but also as conservation stewards that will benefit future generations. As prairie people, we connect with the land, build a sense of place, and live out the land ethic that Leopold sought.

Our expert speakers will first tell the story of the rich elements of soil, vegetation, and wildlife that make up our prairie landscape. Then, seasoned practitioners will tell their stories of how we as humans are such important stewards for carrying forward both natural and human resources. We will finish with a message of ingenuity, sustainability, and hope as we listen to voices of the past and future.

Contact: Brad Guhr (620) 327-8127

More Info: Event/Registration Link

Sponsor: Dyck Arboretum of the Plains

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