We had 23 students, the weather wasn't bad for August in western KS and range conditions were really very good for August. Our guest speaker after the traditional Wednesday Night Steak Fry was Russel Davis from Karval, CO. Russell is a lifelong rancher who is on the board of directors for Partners for Conservation, the conservation non-profit that is rancher led and and inspired. He talked about what brought he and his neighbors to where they are now from total unbelief when they first discovered that Mountain Plovers lived on their ranches and were being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act to complete engagement with the process at every step. They have been holding a Mountain Plover Festival in Karval for many years now and have learned how to educate people in Colorado about species in need of conservation including agricultural producers. It was a great session for our students!
Below are some pictures from the school.
The initial KS Leopold Conservation Program Award Winner was the Sproul Ranch. click on the PDF below to get the full story. The award was presented at the KS Association of Conservation Districts Annual Convention at Wichita on November 23rd. Runners-up in the 2015 award process were RodVorhees and Randy and Nicole Small.
FROM the High Plains Journal:
Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas, is proud to announce the finalists for the first annual Kansas Leopold Conservation Award, which honors Kansas landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.
The finalists are:
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders. In his influential 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.”
The 2015 Leopold Conservation Award will be presented for the first time at the KACD Annual Convention in Wichita on November 23. The award recipient will receive $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold.
“KACD supports conservation programs that protect our state’s natural resources, and we are pleased to join Sand County Foundation and the Ranchland Trust of Kansas in recognizing exemplary land stewards for the Kansas Leopold Conservation Award,” Jim Krueger, Executive Director, KACD.
“The Ranchland Trust is honored to partner with KACD and Sand County Foundation in presenting the first Kansas Leopold Conservation Award. This State has a long, rich history of land conservation and stewardship, and this award highlights those that represent the legacy on our working farms and ranches. Congratulations to the finalists. We thank them for helping us preserve special places in Kansas,” Bill Eastman, Chair of the Board, RTK.
The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Kansas is made possible thanks to the generous support of Clean Line Energy Partners, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Forest Service, International Transmission Company, NextEra Energy Resources, Westar Energy, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, DuPont Pioneer, The Mosaic Company and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
ABOUT THE LEOPOLD CONSERVATION AWARD
The Leopold Conservation Award is a competitive award that recognizes landowner achievement in voluntary conservation. The award consists of $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold. Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards in California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Sand County Foundation (www.sandcounty.net) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners across North America to advance ethical and scientifically sound land management practices that benefit the environment.
Randy Small and Bill Sproul are both KGLC Directors and both are past chairmen of the organization! Congratulations on being recognized as conservation leaders in Kansas!!!
Here is the link to the entire story:
This year a new book devoted to the grasses of the central plains, A Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska by Iralee Barnard was selected as a Kansas Notable Book by the State Library of Kansas. The Kansas Notable Books List recognizes the literary richness of the state. The annual selection of 15 books reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Kansas features quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by Kansans or features a Kansas-related topic. Iralee is an Advisory Committee member to KGLC representing the Kansas Native Plant Society.
Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska is intended to make learning about grasses available to everyone. The information and illustrations address a broad range of expertise as well as interests from home landscaping to range management to wildlife associations. The book’s 415 color photographs are vital in visually demonstrating the differences that separate the species. It is the photographic detail that set this guide apart from all others.
Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska is available at local book stores and online from the publisher, University Press of Kansas, www.kansaspress.ku.edu.
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