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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

Joe Hyde 4 years, 7 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.

Danimal 4 years, 6 months ago

The government shouldn't have any business telling people what to do with their own land. Having to get approval from three different government agencies just to remove some trees is a ridiculous idea. People should also keep in mind that what the state is calling forests were generally open grasslands as recently as a few decades ago.

Of course I guess there will always be people that want the govt. micromanaging every aspect of our lives.

Fugu 4 years, 6 months ago

It's a little more complicated in that.

What happens when the riparian forest gets cut leading to stream bank erosion and no stream buffer from uphill sediment, pesticide, and fertilizer run-off? What happens when this sediment is carried downstream and deposited in the area reservoir, leading to a compromise of water supply and quality to several hundred thousand people? Dredging a large reservoir costs hundreds of millions of dollars and so does building a new one. Why should the taxpayer have to fit the bill when this could have been prevented with proper land management in the first place?

What people do on their private land has the potential to negatively impact the people around them. It's the basis for most of environmental regulations.

By the way, this side of the state had thick riparian forests along its rivers before much of the area was cultivated.

tomatogrower 4 years, 6 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.

Mike Ford 4 years, 6 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.

oklahoma 4 years, 6 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.

Fugu 4 years, 6 months ago

What are you talking about? I assure you that 'forest' is widely used in scientific vernacular and even in Kansas. Woodland is another common term, but means the same thing. By the way, the Kansas 'Forest' Service, which this article is about, has been around for well over a century and was established more to deal with timber trade than anything else. 'Socialist Environmentalists' had nothing to do with it.

Also, if anyone is interested, the Kansas Biological Survey puts out a great and interactive land cover map: http://www.kars.ku.edu/maps/klcp2005/

EAStevens 4 years, 6 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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