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Kansas Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy

Kansas Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy

by Bob Atchison
Kansas Forest Service
Manhattan, Kansas

Kansas rural and community/urban forest, woodlands, and tree resources make up 10 percent of the state’s land area, a little over 5.2 million acres. Though forest resources represent a small percentage of the total land area, they are woven throughout the state in the form of riparian forests, windbreaks, and isolated areas in 631 Kansas communities. Increased pressures upon the health of forest resources from pests, diseases, and non-native species, as well as a rapid increase in the conversion of forest and agroforestry lands to non-forest uses, has required a new approach for identifying forest areas at risk. This approach is embodied in the Kansas Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy. The assessment and strategy will help target funds and resources to produce the highest returns of ecological, social, and economic benefits derived from Kansas forest and agroforestry resources.

To achieve this goal, Kansas has analyzed the conditions and trends of its forest resources, identifying priority areas and developing strategies for wise financial investment of funds to address top issues identified by national, regional, and local stakeholders. The Kansas Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy will direct the Kansas Forest Service’s (KFS) annual planning, operations, and grant applications for program funding received through the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act and other sources.

Incorporated into the assessment are areas identified for Forest Legacy Program participation. The Forest Legacy Program is a voluntary federal program administered by the USDA Forest Service that protects private forestland by purchasing development rights through conservation easements.

The Kansas Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy can be reviewed on the Web at http://www.kansasforests.org/ or a paper copy can be provided by contacting the KFS at 785-532-3310 or by e-mail at atchison@ksu.edu.

This article is also available in Microsoft Word format.

Kansas Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy (DOC; 53 KB)