Scott Marsh, KS Department of Agriculture, Noxious Weeds, Topeka has more information specific to Kansas, if you have questions. Contact him at email@example.com. Scott is a Board of Directors member of the Tamarisk Coalition and serves on KGLC's Advisory Committee.
Excerpts from the Tamarisk Coalition brochure...
If you don't know anything about this highly invasive plant also known as salt cedar, check out the brochure below or click on the web link.
What is Tamarisk?
Tamarisk, or saltcedar, (Tamarix spp.) is an invasive woody tree native to Asia. It was originally brought to North America for erosion control, but has taken the place of native trees and shrubs, like cottonwood, aspen, gamble oak, willow, and mesquite and now infests rivers, streams, wetlands, reservoirs, and springs across the West. Dense stands of tamarisk can block access to rivers and dominate riverside habitat – areas which support a range of native plant materials and other important cultural resources. Tamarisk can be poor habitat for many types of wildlife, poor forage for livestock, can increase
soil salinity and wildfire severity and can be costly to control. Tamarisk is considered to be a high priority noxious weed in many areas through out western United States. Public support for tamarisk control has increased over the past decade and Public Law 109320: Salt Cedar and Russian Olive Control Demonstration Act was passed by Congress in 2006 garnering federal and state support for control projects.
A Biological Control for Tamarisk
Mechanical and chemical control methods are commonly used to manage tamarisk but may have limited applicability due to landowner goals, site accessibility, size of the tamarisk stands, expense, and other factors. Biological control, or biocontrol, is another management tool being used to control tamarisk. Biocontrol is the introduction of an insect or other “natural
enemy” that predates the invasive plant of concern. The insect selected for the control of tamarisk, called the tamarisk leaf beetle (Diorhabda spp.), was tested by the US Department of Agriculture for over 10 years to ensure that it would be effective, and would not feed on native plants or crops here in the western United States. The beetle was first released in 2001, and can now be found throughout the Colorado Plateau and Texas. Although the tamarisk leaf beetle will not singlehandedly eliminate tamarisk, the goal is to help control the spread of tamarisk by reducing its reproductive viability, consequently giving native plants a chance to recover.
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2015 Prescribed Fire Workshops
23, Rolling Prairie, 130 S. Pennsylvania, Extension meeting room, Howard, 10:00 a.m., Richard Fechter, 620-515-0149, firstname.lastname@example.org
24, Pawnee County, JA Haas Exhibit Building, 400 East 18 Street, Larned, 9:00 a.m., Jess Crockford, 620-664-4882, email@example.com
25, Frontier, 504 Market St., Old Depot, Osage City, 10:00 a.m. Rod Schaub, 785-828-4438, firstname.lastname@example.org
25, Pratt County, 81 Lake Road, 4-H Building, Pratt, 10:00 a.m., Zac Eddy, 620-549-3480 x110, email@example.com
26, Post Rock District, Delaware St. (Highway 28) Community Center, Jewell, 10:00 a.m., John Forshee, 785-632-5335, jforshee@k-state,edu
3/5, WSU Experiment Station, Wichita, 9:30 a.m., Jess Crockford, 620-664-4882, firstname.lastname@example.org
2015 Prescribed Fire Plan Writing Workshops
26, NRCS State Office Training Facility, Salina, 9:00 a.m., Anthony Ruiz, 785-392-4127, email@example.com
3/4, Courthouse, Minneapolis, 9:00 a.m., Anthony Ruiz, 785-392-4127, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, in conjunction with the Kanas Prescribed Fire Council, USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, Pratt County Conservation District, and K-State Research and Extension, is hosting a prescribed fire workshop focusing on reasons to burn CRP and rangeland, weather conditions for safe burning, and ways to reduce the risk of fire escapes. The workshop will be held at the Pratt County Fairgrounds 4-H Center on Wednesday, February 25th. Registration cost for the workshop is $10 per person. This will be due the day of the workshop and will be payable by cash or check.
Check in for the workshop will begin at 9:30 AM and presentations will start at 10:00 AM. The training will last approximately four hours, and lunch will be provided—courtesy of the Pratt County Conservation District, Pheasants Forever, and Quail Forever. Presentations will cover reasons to burn and prescribed burning’s effect on wildlife, safe weather in which to conduct a burn, a preview of 2015 fire season forecasts by the National Weather Service, burning equipment, regulations, liability issues, and more. The workshop will also offer participants a chance to discuss the best ways to burn their properties with trained burn planning professionals.
To register or request more information, please contact Zac Eddy with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever or Mark Ploger with K-State Research and Extension. Zac can be reached at 620-338-7132 or email@example.com. Mark can be reached at 620-672-6121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to RSVP by February 20th, and let them know if you require any special accommodations. This will allow planners to prepare enough meals and ensure that handout materials are available for all attendees. The workshop will take place in the Pratt County Fairgrounds 4-H Center at 81 Lake Road, Pratt, Kansas.
No-till on the Plains, Inc. will host a no-till field day for producers to gain a better understanding of the importance of soil health by utilizing continuous no-till cropping systems and cover crops. Members of the media and the general public are also invited. This event is being sponsored by the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, the Marion Reservoir WRAPS project and the Marion county Farm Bureau Association. No-till on the Plains is pleased to offer this high-quality educational event to all interested producers.
The Whirlwind No-till Expo will take place on Monday November 3, beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. at the Marion Community Center, 203 N. 3td St.. The day will begin with a Rainfall Simulator demonstration followed by a tour of local fields utilizing various cover crops. The highlight of the morning features a soil pit where participants can examine soil characteristics in both long-term no-till and conventional till environments. Lunch will be provided at the Marion Community Center, followed by a full afternoon of knowledgeable speakers. A $20 registration fee is required for attendance.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2014
Water + Energy Progress Awards highlight innovators in Kansas
Eleven Kansas farmers and ranchers recognized for saving water and energy in agriculture.
Hutchinson, KS— Water + Energy Progress identifies successful innovations in energy efficiency and water conservation on Kansas farms and ranches. The 2014 awards recognize producers across the state for implementing innovations that save water and energy including: patch burn grazing, subsurface drip irrigation, cover crops and no-till, intensive rotational grazing, solar powered water pumps and fencing, small-scale wind, and local foods. Water + Energy Progress highlights homegrown solutions for water conservation and energy efficiency from the farmers and ranchers of Kansas.
2014 Water + Energy Progress Award Winners include:
· Lucinda Stuenkel, Palmer
· Michael Hermann, Kinsley
· Mark Eitel, Dighton
· McCarty Dairy, Rexford
· Jane Koger, Matfield Green
· Darin Williams, Waverly
· John Bradley, Lawrence
· Karen and John Pendleton, Lawrence
· Bill Sproul, Sedan
· Shannon Creek Cattle & Quarter Horse Company, Olsburg
· Living Acres Network, Gove county
Each award winner will be interviewed for monthly case studies featuring their water and energy saving practices. Each case study will be available at www.WaterAndEnergyProgress.org.
Water + Energy Progress Awards are determined by a steering committee made up of water, energy, agriculture and natural resource leaders from across Kansas. Water + Energy Progress is a program directed by the Climate and Energy Project (CEP), a regional nonprofit focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
In October of 2012, CEP convened a steering committee to collaboratively identify standards for the awards which include: saves water, saves energy, presents affordable solutions that are replicable, scalable, and regionally appropriate, saves money, preserves or enhances soil health and water quality, and incorporates renewable energy. The standards also take into account impacts on wildlife and habitat, as well as leadership and collaboration by the producer. Governor Brownback presented the 2013 awards to nine producers who are featured on www.WaterAndEnergyProgress.org.
About The Climate + Energy Project
The Climate + Energy Project (CEP) is a non-partisan 501c(3) organization working to reduce emissions through greater energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. Located in America’s Heartland, CEP collaborates with diverse partners across the nation to find practical solutions for a clean energy future that provides jobs, prosperity and energy security.
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For more information about this topic please contact Dorothy Barnett, Executive Director of the Climate + Energy Project, by calling (785) 424-0444 or emailing email@example.com.
Program Director, Water + Energy Progress
Climate and Energy Project
cell (785) 424-4115 | address PO Box 1858 | Hutchinson, KS 67504
Join your neighbors and others interested in grazing cover crops, learning more about the economics of alternative forages, prairie pollinators, year-end pasture forage assessments, and low-stress livestock handling. The day begins at 2:00 and ends by 6:00 at the Dalebanks Angus Sale Facility. Call 620-583-5544 for more information and to register.
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Enjoy this new video about America's Ranchers, our ranching culture, heritage and caring for our grasslands.
KGLC completed it's 2014 Tallgrass Range School on August 21 at Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale. Twenty-two students attended the event that began on Tuesday, August 19. The 3-day agenda covered a number of critical topics for grassland managers including plant identification, how to measure and monitor forage production using 4 different methods, determining stocking rates, and grasping the enormous importance of soil in managing your native grasslands.
Wednesday featured a day trip to the Koger Ranch near Cassoday and Matfield Green where students saw a control study on old world bluestem grass that has invaded much of our Kansas prairie. Dr. Walt Fick, Kansas State University Extension, described the multi-year study and what treatments were applied. Brian Obermeyer, The Nature Conservancy, hosted the group for the day and he talked about the patch-burn grazing program that Koger implemented back in the early 2000's, he showed the group a recent summer burn that was conducted to kill brush and reinvigorate a draw that was being encroached by cool season grasses.
Other stops on the ranch included entomology research by Shelly Wiggam, Kansas State University, showcasing her trapping and radio-collaring native bumble bee species to study their life cycles and habits. A wide group of insects known as pollinators are little understood and are facing threats from changes in the prairie system. their function is critical to the pollination and well-being of many native plants particularly forbs and some woody species. Attendees conducted their measuring and monitoring exercises on the ranch as well. Instructors for the School included David Kraft, NRCS state range management specialist; Doug Spencer and Dane Varney, NRCS area range management specialists; Chris Tecklenburg, NRCS range and soils specialist; Fick and Wiggam; Karen Willey, rancher and soils expert; Obermeyer; and KC Olson, Kansas State University Animal Science. Dates for the 2015 Tallgrass School are August 18-20.
Livestock Water and Fencing Development