Konza Prairie LTER

The focal site for the Konza Prairie LTER program is the Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS). KPBS is a 3,487 hectare native tallgrass prairie field research station owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. KPBS is located in the Flint Hills region of northeastern Kansas (39°05'N, 96°35'W). The Flint Hills encompasses over 50,000 km2 throughout much of eastern Kansas from near the Kansas-Nebraska border south into northeastern Oklahoma and contains the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America. The vegetation at KPBS is primarily (>90%) native tallgrass prairie, dominated by perennial C4 grasses, but numerous sub-dominant grasses, forbs and woody species contribute to its high floristic diversity.

Rainfall Manipulation Plots

Grassland responses to changes in climate

Sensor Network

downloading data from the sensor network

Woody Plant Encroachment

Rapid increases in woody plant cover

Bison Grazing

Bison herd grazing on a watershed

Controlled Burn Study

Controlled burn study at the Konza Prarie

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