K-State Research and Extension News
January 20, 2011
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Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan Explained in Radio Broadcasts

MANHATTAN, KAN. – The new Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan is beginning to take effect. This comprehensive plan is designed to minimize the movement of concentrated smoke plumes into large metropolitan areas. All Flint Hills landowners and managers who conduct prescribed burns will need to know what’s in this plan, said Carol Blocksome, K-State assistant professor of agronomy.

Also see Anatomy of Prairie Burning
Interview with Jeff Davidson
Interview with Walt Fick

To help educate all those affected, a series of radio interviews is being broadcast on Mondays on K-State Research and Extension’s Agriculture Today talk show. These programs will explain the many aspects of the new plan. Agriculture Today is part of the K-State Radio Network. A list of stations carrying the program, and the times, is available at: www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=61. Online streaming is available during the broadcast at www.ksre.ksu.edu/news .

The interviews are also podcast online at www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=66. The most recent podcasts are also featured at www.ksre.ksu.edu. The first broadcast is now available online.

The schedule for the broadcasts is:

Jan. 17 - Reasons for Burning in the Flint Hills - Clenton Owensby, K-State Department of Agronomy

Jan. 24 - The Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan - Tom Gross, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Jan. 31 - The Role of Weather in Smoke Management - Kris Craven, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Feb. 7 - How the Smoke Management Plan Will Affect Ranchers - Jeff Davidson, Greenwood County Extension Agent

Feb. 14 - Fire Management Practices for Smoke Management - Walt Fick, K-State Department of Agronomy

Feb. 21 - Legal Aspects of the Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan - Roger McEowen, Iowa State University

Feb. 28 - TBA - Tom Gross, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

March 7 - Using a Burn Plan - David Kraft, Natural Resources Conservation Service

March 14 - The Role of Emergency Managers and Fire Chiefs in Implementing the Kansas Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan - Jason Hartman, Kansas Forest Service

March 21 - Non-Essential Burn Ban - Cindy Kemper, Johnson County Environmental Services


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: Steve Watson
K-State Research & Extension News

Carol Blocksome is at 785-532-0416 or blocksom@k-state.edu