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KFS Gearing up for 55th Conservation Trees Season

KFS Gearing up for 55th Conservation Trees Season

by Bob Atchison
Kansas Forest Service
Manhattan, Kansas

The Kansas Forest Service (KFS) is a long-time partner and technical service provider of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Through the agency’s districts foresters, NRCS and conservation districts are able to forward a landowners request for forestry technical services and place orders for conservation tree seedlings. Many of the requests channeled to the KFS are in response to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Upon receiving requests, KFS district foresters make site visits and write plans based on landowner interests and objectives. Through this partnership, NRCS offers specific forestry services to landowners that might not otherwise be available. The KFS is appreciative of NRCS for promoting the value of agroforestry and forest management for conventional products as well as ecosystem services including streambank stabilization, riparian forest protection, wind erosion, and wildlife habitat.

A compliment to the state’s forest management assistance program is the agency’s Conservation Trees program. December 6, 2010, marked the opening of the agency’s 55th successive Conservation Trees season. This program encourages landowners to plant trees and shrubs for conservation purposes. Approved uses of the agency’s plants include windbreaks, woodlots, riparian plantings, wildlife habitat, Christmas tree plantations, and other related conservation practices.

The program offers more than 30 tree and shrub species that are selected for hardiness in the Central Plains. Most are bare-root stock, 1 to 2 years old and 12 to 18 inches tall, depending on species. Also offered are several evergreen species sold in containers.

In addition, the KFS offers four types of mixed species bundles, meant to benefit wildlife. They are songbird, pheasant (western Kansas), quail (eastern Kansas), and wildlife mast (nut-producing) bundles. With the exception of the “bundles,” all plants are offered in single specie packages of 25.

The 2011 order forms are available at NRCS, conservation district, and K-State Research and Extension offices and on the web at http://www.kansasforests.org/conservation/index.shtml or by calling the KFS at 785-532-3332.

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