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Managing Carbon through Healthy Forests and Forest Products in the Changing Climate of the Southern Plains

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Bonus, Pre-Workshop Tour of Victory Gardens (6145 North Maize Road, Maize, KS  67101. Located 11.2 miles (approximately 20-minute drive) from the event Hotel).

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Registration and sponsor booths open
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.Welcome –  Jason Hartman, Kansas State Forester
1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

History and Projections for Climate Change in the Southern Plains
Douglas Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director, NOAA’s National Center for Environmental Information

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Building community and climate resilience through the USDA Climate Hubs
Dr. Julian Reyes, National Coordinator, USDA Climate Hubs

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment break and visit sponsor displays

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.Understanding Carbon Markets and Their Impact on Forest Ecosystems and Economies
Jeremy Manion, Director, Forestry Carbon Markets, Arbor Day Carbon, Arbor Day Foundation
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Break-Out Discussion Sessions, Facilitated by the Climate and Energy Project

Room A: Climate Change: Issues and Evidence; Policy Ideas and Research Needs
Room B: Climate Services and Justice: Issues and Evidence; Policy Ideas and Research Needs
Room C: Natural Systems Approach to Climate Change Adaptation and Issues
and Evidence

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres
Sponsor booths open

Wednesday, June 22, 2022
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.Welcome & Announcements
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.Forest Products for a Sustainable Future
Dr. Ken Zwick, Assistant Director, Wood, Fibers, and Composites Research USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory
9:30-10:15 a.m.Assessing Urban Forests Using i-Tree (virtual presentation)
Dr. Jason Henning, Research Urban Forester, The Davey Institute and USDA Forest Service, Philadelphia Field Station
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.Refreshment break and visit sponsor displays
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Afforestation: Spatial Resolution and Carbon Costs (virtual presentation)
Kent Kovacs, Research Agricultural Economist, Conservation and Environment Branch, Resource and Rural Economics Division, USDA Economic Research Service

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

The Community Landscape: Balancing Trees and Sustainability in a Changing Climate
Justin Evertson, Green Infrastructure Coordinator, Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

The Forest to Farm Biochar paradigm: Does Adding Biochar to Agricultural Soils Make Dollars or Sense?
Dr. Kristin Trippe, Research Microbiologist
Agricultural Research Service, USDA

Regional Opportunities for Biochar in the Southern Great Plains
Tom Miles, President, T.R. Miles, Technical Consultants, Portland, OR

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment break and visit sponsor displays

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Genetic Differences in Bur Oak Carbon Sequestration Across the Great Plains
Dr. Charles Barden
Professor, Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources, Kansas State University

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Break Out Discussion Sessions, Facilitated by the Climate and Energy Project

Room A: Community Trees/ i-Tree Program
Room B: Carbon Sequestration
Room C: Wood Products
Room D: Biochar

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner, Social, and Tour at the John C. Pair Horticulture Center (1901 E 95th S, Haysville, KS 67060) located 16.7 miles from hotel (approx. 20-minute drive).

Thursday, June 23

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.


8:35 - 9:20 a.m.

Sinking Carbon Through Natural Systems Agriculture
Tom Buller, Executive Director, Kansas Rural Center

9:20 - 10:05 a.m.

Forest Ecosystem Restoration Efforts in Southeast Texas: A look at Resiliency, Economy, and Carbon Capture
Eric Taylor, Silviculturist IV, Texas A&M Forest Service

10:05 - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion on Forest Resources in the Southern Plains, Including Major Challenges, Innovative Programs and Visions of the Future/ Open discussion of workshop topics with all participants.

Adam Smith, Chief, Forestry and Fire Bureau
Nebraska Forest Service

Eric Taylor, Silviculturist IV
Texas A&M Forest Service

Mark Goeller, Oklahoma State Forester
Oklahoma Forestry Services

Ryan Armbrust, Rural Forestry Program Coordinator
Kansas Forest Service

11:45 - 12:00 a.m.

Closing remarks and conference adjourns

Details about Bonus Tour Option to Victory Gardens:  Dr. Bryan Mann, owner and operator of this small, specialty crop vegetable farm, has generously offered a unique opportunity for participants to see and discuss, firsthand, his methods for growing nutrient dense produce with a minimal carbon footprint. As he stated, "Specialty Crop vegetable farms are in a unique position to have a collective influence on carbon sequestration in the USA. Over 74,000 vegetable farms exist in the USA and account for approximately 4 million acres (USDA, 2017). Victory Gardens (Maize, KS) is an example of a small specialty crop vegetable farm utilizing simple and efficient sustainable farming techniques to produce a “clean and green” market product. A combination of carbon mitigation techniques (compost generation and utilization, compost tea fertilizers, cover crops, etc.) in concert with carbon sequestrating methods (biochar, hügelkultur growing beds) can work in concert to produce a market product with high nutrient density and an extremely small carbon signature."

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