Kansas Forest Service Recognized for Environmental Stewardship
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas Forest Service received a gift of $30,000 from TransCanada to help the organization continue, maintain and improve its conservation tree program. Through the program, the Kansas Forest Service grows tree and shrub seedlings to meet the needs of landowners for conservation purposes such as timber production, wildlife habitat, soil erosion control and wind erosion abatement.
In presenting the check, Robert Latimer, community relations specialist with TransCanada said, “The Kansas Forest Service will make the best use of the money possible, such as the modernization of the grow shed.”
“We have been in the tree growing business for the citizens of Kansas for 125 years,” said Larry Biles, state forester with the Kansas Forest Service. First started in 1887, the Kansas Forest Service has been affiliated with Kansas State University since 1909.
Most seedlings sold through the Kansas Forest Service are used for windbreaks, to block the wind for houses, farmsteads, and livestock. Eastern Redcedar trees are the biggest seller.
To learn more about the Kansas Forest Service or the conservation seedling program, see Kansas Forest Service.
K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.
Story by: Elaine Edwardselainee@ksu.eduK-State Research & Extension News
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