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Released: May 24, 2017

Kansas Forest Service announces Walnut Council Field Day
June 2 event will be at the Overland Park Arboretum

Kansas Forest Service, trees

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Kansas chapter of the Walnut Council will host its annual field day June 2 at the Overland Park Arboretum, a botanical garden that features 13 gardens and more than 1,700 plant species.

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues through the afternoon. The registration fee is $15, which includes morning refreshments, lunch and other activities. The arboretum is located at 8909 W. 179th Street in Overland Park.

The Walnut Council is a non-profit international organization that represents more than 1,000 woodland owners, foresters, ecologists, scientists, and wood-producing industries. Their mission focuses on transferring the best science and research available in the growth and care of black walnut, other fine quality trees, and related natural resources that provide wildlife habitat, recreation, water quality and forest products.

The 300-acre arboretum and botanical garden offers miles of hiking trails that traverse rocky bluffs and bottomland paths along Wolf Creek. The native woodlands and prairie provide a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.

This event will include:

  • woodland wildflower and tree identification hikes by experts from the Kansas Native Plant Society;
  • sawmill demonstrations from Kansas Forest Service and private mill operators;
  • wildlife management and deer damage control from K-State Research and Extension;
  • sessions on improving woodland health and productivity;
  • diagnosing and controlling tree health issues; and
  • streambank and water quality management.

Participants will be divided into groups of 15 to 20 people, and each group will have a designated leader who will guide participants to session locations.

More information and registration is available online at www.kansasforests.org/events/news_docs/calendar/WCFD2017.pdf

Interested persons may also call the Kansas Forest Service at 785-532-3310 or send e-mail to Bob Atchison, atchison@ksu.edu.


About the Kansas Forest Service
The Kansas Forest Service state office is located in Manhattan, Kansas, just west of the campus of Kansas State University. The Kansas Forest Service is housed as an independent agency within K-State Research and Extension. The agency receives its direction from a mission statement that reads: “Care of Natural Resources and Service to People through Forestry.”


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 in Manhattan.

Story by:

Bob Atchison, rural forestry coordinator, Kansas Forest Service
785-532-3310 or atchison@ksu.edu