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Kansas Forest Service
2610 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502

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Kansas Forest Service Advisory Council

The purpose of the Advisory Council is to enhance communication to all sectors of Kansas regarding programs of the Kansas Forest Service and to advise on the public and private needs and requirements relating to Kansas Forest Service programs and program directions.

Specifically the Council:

  1. Reviews Kansas Forest Service programs and budgets and makes recommendations to the State Forester, the University, the Legislature and the Governor regarding the needs of the Kansas Forest Service and the adequacy of its programs and budgets.
  2. Serves as a sounding board for new programs and consult with and advises the State Forester about programs and priorities.
  3. Provides the Kansas Forest Service with expertise gained in the administration of other organizations relative to the administrative operations of the Kansas Forest Service.
  4. Assists in making services and capabilities of the Kansas Forest Service known throughout Kansas.
  5. Serves as a vehicle for recommending new legislation through appropriate state agencies relative to the mission of the Kansas Forest Service.
  6. Recommends policy to the State Forester and Kansas State University’s Department Head for Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources with respect to operational matters.

Kansas Forestry Service Advisory Council Members:

Community Forestry
Lynn MillerDirector of Parks and Recreation, Beloit, KS
Crystal MilesForestry and Horticulture Manager, City of Lawerence
John Strickler Former Executive Director, Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), Manhattan, KS
Brad LovelessSecretary, KS Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Topeka, KS
Dan MeyerhoffExecutive Director, Kansas Association of Conservation Districts
Natural Resource Group 
James PitmanConservation Field Supv, Western Region, National Wild Turkey Federation
Steve SwaffarDirector, No-Till on the Plains, Berryton, KS
Carolyn TurneyLandowner, Lyons County, Emporia, KS. Past Chair, KS Forestry Association
Calvin KissickForest Landowner, Sedgwick County KS
Senator Tom HawkKansas Senate, District 22; Home County - Riley
Rep. Stephen OwensKansas House, District 74, Hesston, KS
Rural Fire 
Bob KepkaChief, Ellsworth Rural Fire Department, Ellsworth, KS
Doug SchmittChief, Soldier Township Fire Department, Shawnee County
Brian ObermeyerLandscape Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Forest Industry
Alan EckleyVice President, American Walnut Company, St. Joseph, MO
Kent GlasscockPresident, KSU Institute for Commercialization