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10/05/2011

NWTF Kansas to Invest $80,000 in State Projects


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KANSAS — The Kansas State Chapter of the NWTF committed $80,500 in Kansas to conservation, education and other projects during the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The largest single commitment is $56,200 to fund habitat enhancement projects including restoring grasslands and improving forested lands and riparian areas, or areas near rivers and streams that are vital to wildlife. The chapter allocated $4,300 to support education initiatives for youth.

The NWTF will support many projects that are in partnership with government agencies, conservation groups and landowners. NWTF's Kansas chapters have raised and spent nearly $886,000 to date on projects in the state.

Commitments in 2012 include:

  • $18,000 to support a Public Lands Forestry Initiative

  • $5,700 to manage forested areas on the Fall River Wildlife Area

  • $5,500 to increase new enrollment in the spring Walk-in hunting area program in north-central Kansas

  • $5,000 to restore riparian habitat on the Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge

  • $5,000 to support the NWTF regional biologist program in Kansas

  • $4,000 to help restore 400 acres of native grass savannah on the Woodson Wildlife Area

  • $3,000 to create forest openings for wildlife on Douglas State Fishing Lake/Wildlife Area

  • $3,000 to remove invasive and undesirable trees on Clinton Wildlife Area

  • $2,500 to remove Eastern red cedar from grasslands on the Leavenworth State Fishing Lake / Wildlife Area

  • $2,500 to help purchase National Archery in the Schools Program kits for Kansas schools

  • $2,000 to create/enhance forest openings on Pottawatomie State Fishing Lake #1

  • $2,000 to support grassland restoration on Big Hill Wildlife Area

  • $1,800 to support the Kansas State ECO-Meet, an educational event for youth

  • $500 to conduct a prescribed fire educational day in partnership with Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism

$20,000 of the budget will support other projects within the state such as outreach, education, and chapter support.

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