Copperhead Ridge has been in Larry Andrews’s family since the 1930s when his great aunt ran cattle. Larry has been managing the land for the last 25 years using a combination of traditional grazing, prescribed burning, and plant restoration to improve wildlife habitat and native plant diversity. As a retired fireman, Larry does not shy away from utilizing prescribed fire to control brush and other invasive plants. Also an expert in reptiles and amphibians, Larry knows all these species on his property and breeds alligator snapping turtles for rare species recovery.
Copperhead Ridge Registered Natural Area is a biologically diverse track of 162 acres on the western edge of Pawnee County. The upland features an excellent example of tallgrass prairie with an abundance of native wildflowers and grasses. Crosstimbers cover the slopes down to the Arkansas River floodplain. This habitat is dominated by large chinkapin and blackjack Oaks with a variety of understory trees. Springs and seeps can be found along the hillsides creating microhabitats that are refuge for uncommon native plants. Parcels of bottomland along Red Rock Creek had been cropland, but are currently undergoing restoration to remove invasive plants and to reestablish native bottomland hardwoods.
- Planning and conducting a prescribed fire (conditions permitting, we may observe a prescribed fire)
- Invasive plant species management
- Feral pig control
- Applying for financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices
- Long-term land protection through conservation easements
- Larry Andrews Landowner, Registry Program Member
- Rusty Grimpe Registry Program Member
- Michael Patton Land Legacy
- Daniel Meyer NRCS, District Conservationist
- Conrad Kleinholz Langston University, retired Research Professor