SEDAN Bill Sproul, who operates Sproul Ranch near Sedan with his family, is the featured speaker for an evening workshop on Thursday at Arlington Amish Mennonite Church, 11516 W. Arlington Road in Arlington. The Sprouls are the Kansas winners of the 2015 Leopold Conservation Award. Soup and cinnamon rolls will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Sproul will speak at 6:30 p.m.

The evening is sponsored by Cheney Lake Watershed and Citizens Bank of Kansas.

There is no charge to attend, but to help with a head count, call to reserve a meal by Feb. 1. Contact Howard Miller at (620) 727-6546 or

Sproul Ranch is located on 2,200 acres in the transition zone between the Chautauqua and Flint Hills in the tallgrass prairie. When the Sprouls acquired the ranch, it was overgrazed and rapidly being overtaken with invasive woody plants. The Sproul family used patch burning and good grass management to restore the native prairie and build a profitable business that will transfer to the next generation. Sproul was also recently named a winner of a Water and Energy innovation award from the Climate and Energy Project.

Leopold Conservation Awards are presented by the Sand County Foundation to private landowners who exemplify the spirit of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold: They are dedicated to leaving their land better than they found it. The award includes a $10,000 prize and recognition for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation.

The annual meeting of the Cheney Lake Watershed Inc. will occur in conjunction with this event. Watershed residents may join and members may cast ballots at the door. Contact the Cheney Lake Watershed Office at (620) 669-8161, ext. 4, for more details.