K-State Research and Extension News
May 17, 2013
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Field Day to Include Tree Planting, Riparian Area Management

Set for June 6 in Florence

FLORENCE, Kan. – Kansas landowners often have challenging decisions for managing woodlands, riparian areas and wildlife habitat on their property. The Kansas Forest Service, in conjunction with the Cottonwood River WRAPS (Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy), will host a field day on Thursday, June 6 in Florence, Kan. to address several aspects of tree planting and woodland management. 

The goal of the field day is to help landowners and professionals manage their tree plantings, woodlands and riparian areas successfully. This field day was re-scheduled from May due to poor weather.     

Beginning at 3:30 p.m., attendees will look at walnut plantings within the City of Florence Tree Farm to learn about planting techniques, seed planting, walnut tree pruning and herbicide use. A portable sawmill will be used to mill logs to demonstrate lumber quality changes within logs. 


From that site, the group will go to the Doyle Creek Mercantile & Corral in Florence for a meal and presentation on determining lumber values. In addition, information on Thousand Cankers disease of Black Walnut will be discussed.

The 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. field day will begin at the City of Florence Tree Farm on East 4th Street just before the Cottonwood River Bridge on the southeast side of Florence. To get to the site from Florence, take Main Street to 4th Street. Go east about three blocks from Main Street just over the levee but before the Cottonwood River bridge.

Kansans can get additional information or register to attend by calling the K-State Research and Extension Marion County office at 620-382-2325 or emailing Dennis Carlson at dcarlson@ksu.edu or Rickey Roberts at: rroberts@ksu.edu. The registration deadline is June 3.  A $5 registration fee will help cover the cost of dinner, refreshments and teaching materials. 

The brochure about the field day at: http://bit.ly/10uJadl provides program highlights, a map showing the field day location, the “in case of rain” arrangements, and a listing of the sponsors and partners helping the Kansas Forest Service with the event.



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 Edwards
K-State Research & Extension News

Dennis Carlson - dcarlson@ksu.edu