Land Stewardship

Building a home and living in a rural setting embraces unique advantages as well as challenges. Douglas County Extension strives to provide prospective and current property owners with the information and resources they need to manage their land for health, safety, sustainability, and enjoyment.

Forestry Information

Habitat First land stewardship practices - a series of brochures describing many different land management practices for improving wildlife habitat and natural areas.

Pond management (see under 'Pond Management' tab)

Septic systems:

Site and Soil Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Systems - provides information to sanitarians, contractors, and owners on locating new domestic wastewater treatment systems with respect to site and soil conditions.

Landscaping Septic Systems (Univ. of Minnesota Extension)

Landscaping Over Septic Systems with Native Plants (Purdue Extension)

Streams and wetlands

Establishing Riparian Buffers

Riparian and Wetlands Program, KS Dept. of Agriculture

Willow Cuttings - erosion control strategy, KS Forest Service

Water sources and storage

Testing Private Water Systems

Waterers and Watering Systems


The Extension office can provide a test kit that can be sent to a private lab for analysis. The test kit itself is free, but there is a cost to mail the kit to the lab and for the water analysis.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Dept. can inspect wells and collect water samples to screen for bacteria nitrates. Contact

Private Well Maintenance and Protection

Weed and Brush Management

Brush and Weed Control in Pasture and Rangeland

Noxious weeds - link to Dg. Co. Public Works for information, rental equipment, and chemicals


Windbreaks for Kansas - KS Forest Service

Windbreaks for Wildlife - KS Forest Service