The Kansas Natural Resources Conference opens in just one more day at the Airport Hilton in Wichta.
The two-conference, Jan. 29-30, will follow the theme “Renewable Energy – Renewable Resources.”
This year’s speakers include Chris Risbrudt, the director of the U.S. Forest Service Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin; Craig Cox, Midwest vice present of the Environmental Working Group; Brad Loveless, chairman of the Westar Energy Green Team and Brian Obermeyer, director of the Nature Conservancy’s Fling Hills Initiative.
"There will be over 50 papers presented during the concurrent sessions January 30," said Dan Meyerhoff, steering committee chairperson.
"We are excited about the number of papers and posters to be presented at this conference, and the wide range of topics should appeal to a broad spectrum of people interested in environmental and natural resources topics."
Presentations are divided among five subjects--Wildlife, Range and Forestry, Water, Fisheries and Energy--according to Charles Barden, member of the Society of American Foresters, who is handling presentation scheduling. A few titles include: Achieving Home Heating Independence with Wood, Benefits of Biodiesel, and Horizon Wind Conservation Easements and Prairie Restoration. Check out other titles on the Web site.
Posters, listed on the Web site, will be presented on Thursday evening, January 29, between 5 and 7.
The sponsors of the conference are the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, the Great Plains Society of American Foresters, Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Kansas Section of the Society for Range Management, and Kansas Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Kansas Association of County Agricultural Agents, and Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition.