Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Kansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Kansas Project

Guiding Present and Future Native Fish Restoration Using a Strategic Planning Process, Literature Synthesis, Database Analysis, Landowner Outreach, Field Protocol Development/Testing, and Adaptive Management

August 2020 - June 2024


Participating Agencies

  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

The conservation profession is making good use of existing tools to master conservation challenges. However, new challenges (e.g., number of impacts, number of fish in need of conservation, number of aquatic systems that require conservation/restoration) are increasing even more quickly. As a result, new tools are needed in the conservation toolbox to keep up with these increasing challenges.

This grant will provide these tools using threatened Kansas fish species under consideration for restoration through the Kansas Aquatic Biodiversity Center (KABC) at the Farlington Fish Hatchery in southeast Kansas. Our integration includes a strategic planning process, synthesis of peer-reviewed literature on restoration and stocking, analysis of existing KDWPT data, outreach to landowners, development and testing of field restoration protocols (e.g., species /site selection, stocking protocols, evaluation procedures), and adaptive management. In addition, this proposal includes a seventh objective in which we will work with agency colleagues to prioritize target species for this research to synchronize both with the Kansas State Wildlife Action Plan and agency progress on this important issue.

This project will deliver a process that guides data collection and links data to future restoration activities. The plans, syntheses, and protocols that result from this proposal with help our cooperator [Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) Ecological Services Section (ESS)] hit the ground running relative to future restoration regardless of species / or location. Thus, the ideas in this grant can provide a foundation for a monitoring, research, and restoration agenda.