Each year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree for the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. The Willamette National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit partners Choose Outdoors and Travel Oregon, will bring this year’s tree from Oregon to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way. The U.S. Capital Christmas Tree and the Kansas State Capitol Tree will make a stop in Perry on Nov. 20, from noon-2 p.m., at Perry-Lecompton Middle School.
The program focuses on the upper reaches of priority watersheds above federal reservoirs that provide two-thirds of the water supply in Kansas. Through RCPP, landowners can apply to receive funding to support their efforts to improve water quality and reduce the sedimentation of federal reservoirs through tree planting and forest stand improvement.
NFPA® Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire two-day classroom is a training that prepares individuals to identify wildland fire risks to structures and confidently recommend effective safety measures to property owners. The training is being offered by the Kansas Forest Service on November 27-28 in Hutchinson, Kansas.
An audit of state agency responses to two recent wildfires in Kansas showed that the state’s wildfire suppression training and mitigation programs do not sufficiently prepare the state for wildfire response, according to Kansas State Forester, Larry Biles and Fire Management Officer, Mark Neely. They spoke before the state’s legislative budget committee on Oct. 3 in Topeka.
The National Association of State Foresters honored several individuals at its annual meeting today for their extraordinary contributions to state and private forestry. Among those honored was Tim McDonnell, the community forestry section leader and community forester for the Southeast and South Central districts for the Kansas Forest Service.
Participants in the 24th annual Fall Forestry Field Day on Tuesday, Oct. 16 have the opportunity to visit a high-quality riparian forest on the Tribal Lands of the Kansas Kickapoo Nation.
The day-long workshop, hosted by the Kansas Forest Service, features lessons on wildlife habitat, forest ecology, stream processes, and timber management. Participants will examine a comprehensive forest assessment and management initiative, including multiple streambank stabilization projects, as observable examples of Great Plains forestry at its best.
“Biochar: Know it, use it, make it” workshops will be held in Norton, Kansas, on October 24 and Pratt, Kansas, on October 25. The workshops are designed for individuals that are interested in using biochar as a value-added component in composting, gardening, farming, windbreak management, or improving their soils and rangelands.
Two Kansas Forest Service (KFS) Fire Management staff members traveled to Armenia to deliver the National Firefighting Training curriculum. KFS partnered with the Kansas National Guard in the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program to deliver the training. The State Partnership Program focuses on training through peer exchange experiences.