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Kansas Forest Service
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Manhattan, KS 66502

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Find resources related to natural resources conservation and forestry education below.  You'll find links to information for how to properly educate America's youth, how to visit a living indoor forest, tips for identifying trees, forest biology, as well as distance education courses through institutions of higher learning.

Environmental Education - Adults

Environmental Education - Children

Tree Identification


State Agency

The Kansas Forest Service does not promote or endorse any consultant, contractor, processor, or buyer and provides these lists as a service to the people of Kansas.

Rural Forestry

Forestry Products


Conservation Tree Planting 
  • The Nature Conservancy: Kansas Chapter
    The Nature Conservancy is the largest conservation organization in the state of Kansas. Since 1989, the Conservancy has protected over 100,000 acres of land across the state including tallgrass prairies, wetlands, mixed-grass prairies and short-grass prairies.
  • Conservation Trees and Shrubs
    Kansas Forest Service offers low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. These plants are 1 or 2 years old, and their sizes vary from 12 to 18 inches, depending on species.

  • Trees and Shrubs for Pollinators
    When planting, consider these native woody plants that support pollinators.

  • Conservation Tree Planting Schedule L871
    Conservation tree plantings are an important asset on any farm or ranch in Kansas.

  • Tree Planting Guide L596 
    Tree planting is an important part of our Kansas heritage.   Since settlement days, Kansans have planted trees for timber, fuel wood, field borders, boundary lines, wind protection and wildlife habitat.

  • Weed Barrier Fabric Mulch MF2216 
    Weed barrier fabric mulch is a polypropylene geotextile product with a texture like burlap.  The woven fabric resists deterioration from exposure to sunlight.  It is not plastic and will...

  • Weed Control Options In Tree Plantings L848 
    In tree plantings, weeds are defined as plants that seriously compete with trees for space, sunlight, moisture, and nutrients.  Weeds in tree plantings may be grasses, broadleaf weeds, shrubs, vines...

  • Chemical Weed Control for Field Crops, Pastures, Rangeland, and Noncropland SRP1081 
    To control weeds effectively, select control methods carefully and use them properly. Chemicals, tillage, crop competition, cropping rotation, mowing, and fire are alternative weed control methods that may be used alone or in combination.

  • Rabbit Protective Tubes 
    The Rabbit Protective Tubes are an economical, effective method for protecting young seedlings from rabbit and other animal damage for up to three years.

  • Root Protective Slurry
    Root protective slurry is a super-absorbent polymerr (cross linked 100% pure potassium polyacrylate).  It is a nontoxic, nonirritant compound with...

  • Tips On Planting Trees And Shrubs 
    Site preparation is critical to the survival of seedlings. Any vegetation competing with the seedlings for moisture or nutrients should be removed. If the planting site is...

  • Tips For Installing Weed Barrier Fabric 
    Weed barrier fabric is a woven, polypropylene fabric. Used to enhance survival and growth on tree and shrub plantings, it allows water to penetrate, but does not allow weeds to grow...

  • Tree Tubes 
    Tree tubes are an effective method to protect deciduous trees from rabbits, deer, and mechanical injuries. The tubes are 4-foot tall, translucent polyethylene cylinders which allow enough light...

Community Forestry
  • All About Pruning C550 
    Correct pruning is as important for the long life of a tree as is disease and insect control. Most of the pruning and tree training operation can be done by homeowners...

  • Fertilizing Trees in the Landscape MF2707 
    Shade and ornamental trees and shrubs often benefit from added fertilizer.  Fertilization can result in more rapid growth; faster recovery ...

  • Handling and Planting Container Grown Trees MF1119 
    While many experienced landscape professionals prefer field-grown balled and bur lapped trees for landscape plantings, the nursery industry is producing greater numbers of container-grown ...

  • Iron Chlorosis in Trees MF718 
    Iron chlorosis occurs when iron in the soil is either deficient or unavailable to the tree.  Several species of ornamental and forest trees in Kansas suffer ...

  • Selecting and Planting a Tree L870 
    When choosing trees at the nursery be sure to select a high quality product.  This illustration identifies most points to look for in a dormant specimen tree 5 feet or more in height.

  • Staking and Guying Landscape Trees MF1120 
    Staking or guying landscape trees on exposed sites can be an important ingredient to tree planting success in the Great Plains.  While current research seems to suggest that such practices ...

  • Trees and Shrubs for Difficult Sites MF2205 
    Lists of trees and shrubs for dry and wet locations.

  • Trees and Shrubs that Attract Songbirds and Wildlife L845 
    Lists of trees and shrubs that attract wildlife.  Provides information on the quality and season of food, cover and nesting quality, Plant range, and habitat, and some general remarks about the  plant.

  • Urban and Community Forestry Program L797 
    The purpose of the Urban and Community Forest Program in Kansas is to provide for the planting and management of public trees in cities and towns.  This includes trees growing on street right of ways

Rural Forestry

Fire Management
Forest Products 
  • Biochar
    • Down the Wormhole 
      Missouri bootheel farmer JR Bollinger discusses his experiences in 2015 in his first year of full commitment to growing corn, soybeans and milo by principles and practices of carbon-smart, biological agriculture.
    • How to Use Biochar in Barns 
      The most efficient process is to use biochar directly in the barn where it can capture nitrogen from urine and manure as it is generated.
    • How to Use Biochar in Compost 
      The composting process is governed by various physical parameters that are subject to alteration by the addition of biochar materials as bulking agents.
    • Make Your Own Biochar Stove
      This book will teach you how to use recycled materials to make a simple stove that will cook meals and make biochar from clean, dry biomass.
    • Small Scale Biochar Production
      There are many designs to choose from when selecting a biochar production method. How do you know which is right for you?

    • Biochar Kiln Drawings - Oregon Kiln and Ring of Fire Kiln
      Drawing plans for two styles of biochar kilns.
    • Using a Flame Cap Kiln to Make Biochar
      The Flame Cap Kiln method uses a container to exclude air from the bottom and sides of a pile of burning biomass. 

The Kansas Forest Service does not promote or endorse any consultant, contractor, processor, or buyer and provides these lists as a service to the people of Kansas.

Streamside Forestry


  • Riparian Forests Protect Streambanks
    Streambank erosion is a natural adjustment process of rivers, but lateral mitigation rates of the stream channel can be accelerated, especially by variables that bank material and flow stress in the near-bank region.  

  • Fencing
    Fencing encloses or divides an area with a suitable permanent structure that acts as a barrier to livestock or people. The type of fence selected...

  • Riparian Forest Buffer
    Riparian forests are located adjacent to streams (both perennial and intermittent), and open bodies of water (Figure 1). They differ from...

  • Delaware River Watershed Riparian Forest Assessment

  • Spring River Watershed Riparian Forest Assessment 
  • Classifies functioning conditions of Riparian Forest and targets areas along the Spring River Watershed to focus tree planting to reduce sedimentation along stream banks.
  • Timber Harvesting
    Riparian areas are areas adjacent to intermittent and perennial streams, lakes, and other bodies of water. They protect water quality by filtering...

  • Timber Stand Improvement
    Most woodlands in Kansas are along rivers and streams in riparian forests. A healthy riparian forest is needed to provide maximum benefits for timber...

  • Tree and Shrub Planting
    Tree and shrub planting in riparian areas reestablishes native riparian forests by hand planting or machine planting nursery-grown seedlings...

  • Tree Revetments
    Tree revetments are cut trees anchored at the bottom (or toe) of unstable streambanks. These anchored trees serve to slow the current along the...

  • Twin Lakes River Watershed Riparian Forest Assessment

    Classifies functioning conditions of Riparian Forest and targets areas in the  Twin Lakes Watershed to focus on tree planting, bank stabilization and forest management to reduce sedimentation and nutrient runoff from croplands.

  • Understanding Sedimentation of Kansas Lakes 
  • Assessment of lake sedimentation and three watershed to determine causes of different rates. See pg 155 comparing Riparian woodlands of three northeast Kansas watersheds.