Patch Burn Grazing Annual Meeting, August 26-28

The Patch Burn Grazing Annual Meeting has come to lesser prairie-chicken country! Two outstanding ranch operations whose stewardship practices are making a real difference for lesser prairie-chickens are the featured field tour sites for the upcoming meeting, to be held August 26-28, 2015, in Pratt, Kansas.

Ed Koger of the Hashknife Ranch lights a perimeter fire. April, 2015.

Ed Koger of the Hashknife Ranch lights a perimeter fire. April, 2015.

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On August 27, meeting participants will tour Ed Koger’s Hashknife Ranch, where Ed has been conducting prescribed burns since 1977, and utilizing patch burn grazing for a decade, with outstanding results for both wildlife and forage production.


Eva and Keith Yearout, managers of the Z-Bar Ranch, help neighbors conduct a prescribed burn. April, 2015.

On August 28, participants have the opportunity to join a tour of the Z-Bar Ranch, where ranch managers  Eva and Keith Yearout steward grasslands following principles of pyric herbivory, with bison as the primary grazers.

The meeting will include:

  • equipment expo (pre-meeting 25, and 26)
  • presentations (26th)
  • tour of the Hashknife Ranch (27th)
  • optional tour of the Z-bar ranch (Turner Enterprises) (28th)

According to the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange, which is hosting the event, this meeting is a great fit for producers, grassland ecologists, researchers, graduate students, fire ecologists, and the general public interested in the interactions of fire and grazing with plants, wildlife, soils, and more.

Register for the meeting.

A limited number of travel stipends are available for non-federal employee attendees.