The unusually cold temperatures over the past several weeks generated many inquiries from the public about the cold tolerance of the Emerald Ash Borer and Oak Leaf Itch Mite. Many have also asked if a significant amount of mortality of these arthropods will be experienced throughout Kansas as a result of these cold temperatures.
You can help your neighborhood create a sense of community by working together on a project that can make a difference. The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm have partnered together to give communities an opportunity to apply for $500 to fund their wildfire risk reduction activities. The deadline to apply is March 1.
The Kansas Forest Service Incident Management Team will lead efforts to reduce the risk of wildland fire on the Quivira Scout Ranch at the 15th Annual Hazardous Fuels Mitigation Project scheduled for March 24-30, 2019.
Newly-elected Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly proclaimed Feb. 4-8, 2019 as Wildfire Awareness Week. “Kansas, like any other state, is susceptible to wildfires,” said Sen. Tom Hawk who joined in the proclamation signing. “Wildfires can easily get out of hand. One of the critical pieces of combating wildfires is that we have people at the local level who are trained and have the right equipment to fight those fires. Because every minute that passes means that a wildfire can become a real disaster.”
Wildfire season in Kansas projected to start earlier; slight increase in fire weather events predicted
Southwest and central Kansas face an elevated threat of wildfire in the 2019 season, according to projections by the Kansas Mesonet and National Weather Service. The news came as Kansas Forest Service, Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Office of the State Fire Marshall officials gathered in Wichita for the Kansas 2019 Wildfire Outlook Seminar on Dec. 12. The seminar was designed to update firefighters and emergency managers on the predicted wildfire season.
The Shinoda Foundation is pleased to announce that Kansas State University’s Megan Haresnape is the 2018-19 Shinoda Scholar of the Year – the Foundation’s highest award.
Jim Reitz has dedicated more than 40 years of service to natural resource management, pioneering new techniques in riparian buffer management and championing forestland health for water quality and quantity. His dedication and the commitment of the Kickapoo Tribe to protecting the environment and natural resources were recognized at the 74th Annual Convention of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts with the 2018 Kansas Agroforestry Award.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist in Kansas, announced farmers and ranchers interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program need to apply by December 21, 2018 for funding in 2019. Applications are being taken at all USDA Service Centers in Kansas.
The Conservation Tour is an opportunity for Senator Moran to learn more about conservation efforts across the state, including water and soil conservation, river sustainability, and wetlands and grassland prairie preservation efforts, as well to discuss irrigation practices and other important agricultural issues for producers. During the tour, Moran met with an impressive group of farmers and representatives from our state’s agricultural and natural resource associations.
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.