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CPPRF Annual Coffee Shop meetings scheduled for February


The Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation will present the 2nd of its annual Coffee Shop meetings "Integrated Resource Management--Balancing Wildlife with Your Ag Enterprises" Feb. 24. The program will be held at the Wilmore Community Building in Wilmore, Kan., and is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., with a light lunch followed by the actual presentation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program will consist of a very talented panel of experts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and State Range Conservation offices will be available to discuss details of various wildlife management projects in the Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation service area. To date these projects have affected over 117,000 acres with nearly $2 million in funding.

Panel members include:

Chris Berens, a Private Lands Biologist who has worked for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks for the past 5 years. Chris is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology. He currently works with private lands habitat programs, the Walk In Hunting Access program, and conducting wildlife surveys within Barber, Comanche, Kiowa, Pratt, Stafford counties. Berens will provide information on KDWP's cost share programs available for private land habitat work. This will include an update on the Landowner Incentive Program, the Private Lands Program to Benefit Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Kansas, and the Upland Game Bird Initiative Program.

David Kraft is the State Rangeland Management Specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas. He has served in that capacity since 2004 and is a 1986 graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in rangeland management. Kraft will be answering questions concerning the programs available to producers through the NRCS in the upcoming year, as well as other questions concerning the mission of NRCS and providing technical assistance to private landowners interested in managing grazing lands in Kansas.

Jarred Kneisel is the Supervisory District Conservationist for the Medicine Lodge Management Unit. He grew up in Hiawatha, Kan., is a graduate of Kansas State University in agricultural technology management. He has been at this position since July of 2008.

Greg Kramos graduated from Baker University in 1989 with a bachelor of science degree and began working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1990. He is currently a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the USFWS's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program based out of Manhattan, Kan. His last ten years have been primarily focused on working with landowners in the Red Hills in cooperation with the Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation.

Tony Ifland who is a Private Lands Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service will also participate on the panel.

Dwayne Rice, who is very familiar with the CPPRF area, will be facilitating this meeting. He currently serves as the Area Rangeland Specialist in the Lincoln, Kan., field office, and formerly served in that position from the Medicine Lodge field office (1995 to 2000). He has his master's degree in range agronomy from Kansas State University and a bachelor degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University. Rice works with producers and District Conservationists to develop resource inventories, obtain planning information, and identify resource concerns needed to develop grazing plans and provide ecosystem based planning assistance.

Come take a look at before and after pictures of various projects in the CPPRF territory. You will also have the opportunity to discuss what programs are available to you and your operation with this talented panel of experts.

The Coffee Shop Meetings are a joint effort of The Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation and Kansas State University Extension services. Additional sponsors include the Conservation Districts of Barber, Clark, Comanche, and Kiowa Counties, as well as the NRCS.

For more information on any of the programs listed above, please contact Mike Deewall mdeewall@oznet.ksu.edu 620-582-2411 or Kelly Forell @ kelly@forellcpa.com 580-327-3425.

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