Kansas Playa Decision Support Tools

PDSS_user_manual_coverThis page features Playa Decision Support Tools (DSTs) for Kansas that are part of a bigger Playa Decision Support System for the entire PLJV region. These tools are intended for use by multiple stakeholder groups—including natural resource professionals, land managers and developers—providing them with spatially explicit data, maps, and written guidance that can inform decisions that may impact playas and their associated wildlife.

User Manual and Spatial Data

The GIS data offer two spatial scales at which to analyze potential impacts of activities on playas and associated wildlife—landscape scale (clusters and large isolated playas) and site scale (playas). Click on a link below to download a zip file for the appropriate data layer.

County Maps

Below are PDF maps showing playas by land-use activity statewide and for each county. Playa clusters and large isolated playas are also included on every map. Click on a link to open a map in your browser or right click and choose “Save as…” to download a map.


PDSS_KS_restoration_mapDownload statewide maps or individual county maps (1-2 MB):

Development Avoidance

PDSS_KS_wind_mapDownload statewide maps or individual county maps (1-2 MB):

Kansas Working Group

The integrity and usefulness of the Playa DSS is greatly strengthened by the wide-ranging knowledge and perspectives provided by the working groups. Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) would like to recognize all the agencies and organizations that contributed to this process.

  • Clean Line Energy
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • EDP Renewables (Horizon Wind Energy)
  • Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams
  • Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Conservation
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
  • Kansas Biological Survey at the University of Kansas, Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program
  • Kansas State University Extension
  • Kansas Water Office
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service