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Konza Prairie Research Natural Area (1980-) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Konza Prairie Research Natural Area (1980-)

Historical Note:

1872      C.P. Dewey purchased first parcel of real estate (175 acres) which is now the northwest corner of the Konza Prairie

1911-1920 Limestone barn and house built for Dewey Ranch as a residence for employees; today the house serves as Konza Prairie headquarters and education center (named and dedicated as the Hulbert Center for Research in 1997)

1930      Ranch sold by Dewey - there were several owners prior to the purchase by The Nature Conservancy           

1951      The Nature Conservancy incorporated in District of Columbia as a non-profit, private, membership governed organization

1956      Lloyd Hulbert first presented the idea of a prairie field station for ecological research to KSU

1971      Original land for Konza Prairie, excluding the Dewey Ranch, acquired by The Nature Conservancy (December 30) for Kansas State University

1972      Management plan developed; burning of watershed sized units at prescribed intervals

1977      Dewey Ranch purchased in January by The Nature Conservancy after several years of negotiations with McKnight family, the last private owner of the land

1979      Anonymous donor of funds for purchase of land and Dewey Ranch identified after her death - Katharine Ordway. Additional 480 acres added to west side of Konza Prairie. King's Creek, a central tract of 2619 acres on KPRNA, added to the U.S. Geological Survey's network of benchmark watersheds

1980      Official dedication of Konza Prairie Research Natural Area Network of sites dedicated to long-term ecological research (LTER) started by the National Science Foundation

1986      Lloyd Hulbert died - served as first director of Konza Prairie until his death

1986      Konza Prairie featured on television series "The Making of a Continent" by the British Broadcasting Corporation (November)

1987      Ted Barkley named coordinator of Konza Prairie. Bison introduced to Konza; Bison and Cattle Grazing Management Plan developed and implemented

1987-1989 NASA Satellite Land Surface Climatology Projects conducted during the summer

1988      Maintenance building renovated and converted into laboratories

1988      Plots near Hulbert Memorial renamed Hulbert Experimental Burning Plots

1990      Donald W. Kaufman named coordinator of Konza Prairie

1992      Ted Barkley named coordinator of Konza Prairie (January). Cattle grazing treatments began and bison grazing area expanded

1993      Jim Reichman named director of Konza Prairie. Friends of Konza established

1995      David Hartnett named director of Konza Prairie

1997      Celebration of 25th Anniversary for Konza (May). Renovated Dewey Ranch house renamed the Hulbert Center for Research Environmental Educator position added and Konza Environmental Education          Program (KEEP) created

1997-1998 New bison corral facilities constructed

1998      Tallgrass prairie restorations initiated on cultivated fields

1999      New fire station and maintenance building constructed. Laboratory/shop building renovated for laboratory expansion

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