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State seeking public input on protecting forests in Kansas

May 27, 2010

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— Kansas Forest Service is seeking public input on forest areas targeted for protection under its legacy program.

The agency says public opinion is important because 95 percent of Kansas forests are privately owned, with 65 percent of the holdings located in 10-acre patches or less.

The service's forest resource assessment and strategy will target funds and resources in an effort to get the best return of ecological, social and financial benefits. The state has about 5.2 million acres in forests and woodlands.

June 4 is the deadline for comments.

Comments

Darin Wade 3 years, 10 months ago

Kansas need to investigate homicidal usage of killers dumping dead bodies of victims that leach dead smell of human flesh that travels through its waterways enviormentalist and conservationist are ignorant of the fact and amiss the smell of homicidal foul smell of human killing in our waterways.homicidal alerts should be brought to attention of nature seekers when hiking in our Kansas forestry.

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EAStevens 3 years, 10 months ago

If you care enough about this topic to spend time commenting here, save your energy and instead voice that opinion in a place where it will actually have an impact. Go to http://www.kansasforests.org/finalreport.pdf for the details of this project and your chance to weigh in.

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oklahoma 3 years, 10 months ago

Throwing around terms like "forest" is really a nonstarter or a strawman, as experts class almost all of Kansas as "grasslands." In the more treed areas of northeast Kansas, the natives refer to the areas as "timber." Forests (technically "frontier forests") in the pure sense are found on the coasts and in the parks managed by the Federal government.

Practically, common-sense conservatives will see this as part of the ongoing losses of freedom to socialist environmentalists who love using inflammatory language like wetlands, forests, old-growth forest, river-keepers, and other terms rarely heard outside Douglas County. However, by 2013, it will all be a distant memory.

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Mike Ford 3 years, 10 months ago

Gee Barry you came from the same area as Dumb Dumb They're out to Get Us Beck and Pollute the Oceans Palin, go figure. Having photographed large areas of forest around Baldwin City, Northeast of Overbrook, and north of the Lawrence Airport, you sound just as uniformed as I'll call out other people and know nothing myself O'Reilly, Wow, I learn more about you every day. Then again, the timber industry could bring in the worker and the meth here like they do in the forests of Oregon and Washington State and be on A & E. NICE.

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barrypenders 3 years, 10 months ago

Forests!?! That's a good one. As a transplant from Skagit Valley, I have yet to refer to, seen, been in, this PAD misnomer "Forest" in Kansas. Forest!?! This is as 'Cute' as the PADs refering to a 'Slough' as a 'Wetland'.

Stimulus, Colorful Heartening PAD Vernacular, and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us

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LJ Whirled 3 years, 10 months ago

Here's my input --- If you want to control land, then buy it. If you want to tell others how to use their land, buzz off.

Really, there is a limit to the intrusion on private property rights ... especially intrusion without consent or compensation.

Educate, compensate, but don't dictate.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 10 months ago

Oh, now you want my trees? Geez!

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ibroke 3 years, 10 months ago

anybody tried turtle skipping??

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donjuan 3 years, 10 months ago

read it!

Wild Douglas County by Ken Lassman Ken Lassman's book, Wild Douglas County, encourages us to bring the outdoors into our social conscience. Ken wants to reconnect each of us to our bioregion with a greater sense of place. Ken's book may also be used as a reference guide to become more familiar with nature in our own backyards and the whole region. Read Wild Douglas County to learn how valuable and important our local ecology is and how we can help create justice for this piece of the earth.

Ken writes: "Today... we have a landscape that has shrinking islands of native habitat surrounded by agricultural and urban landscapes." How can wild animals that do not fly travel from one natural area to the next? Every summer I witness several turtles attempting to cross our roads; unfortunately, I can't always help them across. We must find a way to help wildlife survive. Ken offers these practical solutions: connect areas of nearby native habitats with natural corridors, "nature's highways", transform your yard to native habitat, control invasive species, get actively involved in local restoration and preservation efforts, and cultivate ecological literacy.

This thorough guide makes the seasons more accessible with descriptions of happenings throughout the year in the cycles and rhythms of various organisms. An annotated list of recommended local organizations to join or contact for more information is also provided. Recommended native habitats to visit are highlighted, including access pointes to the Kaw and Wakarusa Rivers, and where to see healthy examples of native prairies and woodlands.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

Some people won't be happy until we've paved over every inch of earth, except the little patch of non native grass in front of their house.

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donjuan 3 years, 10 months ago

Year: 2008 Publication: Resour. Bull. NRS-26. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 125 p. Key Words: forest area, forest health, completed annual inventory Abstract: The first completed annual inventory of Kansas forests reports 2.1 million acres of forest land, roughly 4 percent of the total land area in the State. Softwood forests account for nearly 5 percent of the total timberland area. Oak/hickory forest types make up 56 percent of the total hardwood forest land area. Elm/ash/cottonwood accounts for more than 30 percent of the timberland area. The proportion of Kansas' timberland with trees 19 inches and larger remained about the same over the last 40 years (38 percent in 1965 versus 38 percent today). Kansas' forests have continued to increase in volume. In 2005, net volume of growing stock on timberland was an estimated 1.5 billion cubic feet compared with 0.5 billion cubic feet in 1965. Live-tree biomass on forest land in Kansas amounted to 72.3 million dry tons in 2005. More than 3 percent was in small stands, 26 percent was in medium-size stands, and 71 percent was in large stands. Oak species account for nearly 15 percent. About 95 percent of Kansas forest land is held by private landowners.

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Joe Hyde 3 years, 10 months ago

My input is that a state law needs to be passed that requires all logging operations that target areas of riparian (streamside) forest to first apply for permits through, and receive approval from, the Kansas Forest Service, the Kansas Dept. of Health & Environment, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, prior to commencement of tree removal operations.

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lawrenceguy40 3 years, 10 months ago

Here's my input - keep your nose out and save the hard-working taxpayer's money.

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