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Coombs Prairie Restoration Tour • Jackson County

Saturday, Jun 8th, 2013 @ 1-4pm
18160 222nd Road • Holton, KS • Map

Tour Fred and Nancy Coombs' ongoing restoration of native grasses and wildflowers on their 156-year-old family farm. Highlights include butterfly gardens, reseeding of old fields, patch burning, invasive species control, and timber stand improvement. By restoring their land to native flora, they have created a wildlife haven; to date they have documented over 100 species of birds on their property.
Some parcels were planted in native grasses in the 1960s, but since the late 1990s the reconstruction has focused on using a WHIP grant to clear red cedars, an EQIP grant for timber stand improvement, reestablishment of native forbs and grasses on a 13-acre patch, and a butterfly garden around the house. Beginning this spring the site also hosts pollinator research by two Kansas University PhD students. The 80-acre property includes prairie, woodlands, a Nebo riparian area, two small ponds, and a marsh area. 
Directions: 6 miles east of Holton on K-116, right (south) on X Rd, right (west) on 222nd Road, quarter mile to driveway on the right (north).

Contact: Fred or Nancy Coombs coombs@rainbowtel.net 785-872-3463

Sponsor: Kansas Native Plant Society

Report

24 people attended the event.

On Saturday, June 8, twenty-four prairie enthusiasts came from Douglas, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, and Shawnee Counties to view the Coombs' reconstruction effort in Jackson County. The interests of those in attendance included the pollinator garden around the house, the reconstruction of old farm fields to native grasses and forbs, and the control of invasive species in wetlands and fields.

Coombs Prairie Restoration Tour
Coombs Prairie Restoration Tour

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