Kansas Natural Resources Conference  


February 04, 2010

Kansas Natural Resources Conference February 4-5, 2010 Airport Hilton, Wichita, KS Contact: Mary Shaffer Kansas Council of Chapters of the Soil and Water Conservation Society 785-823-4571 - mary.shaffer@ks.usda.gov

"Kansas Waters - Signs of Prosperity and Health" theme of Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Salina,KS, Jan 8, 2010--On February 4-5, 2010, several professional societies that promote the wise use and management of Kansas' natural resources are sponsoring the third Kansas Natural Resources Conference, at the Airport Hilton in Wichita. The theme of the conference is Kansas Waters - Signs of Prosperity and Health.

"There's still time to register," said Dan Meyerhoff, steering committee chairperson. "Registration information is available on the Web site at www.kansasnrc.com. Those interested in the conference theme should find that the conference speakers, concurrent sessions, and tradeshow provide a variety of information."

"New this year," said Meyerhoff, "the conference will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 4. We'll provide a room for agencies or companies to hold interviews with interested students or professionals."

The Plenary session speakers will address the conference theme: . Tracy Streeter, Director of the Kansas Water Office - "Kansas Water Plan Update and Reservoir Sustainability Initiative" . Jason Goeckler, Aquatic Nuisance Specialist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks - "Donīt move a mussel: meeting the invasive species challenge" . David Barfield, Chief Engineer, Kansas Division of Water Resources - "Balancing the Books: Kansasī Water Past, Present, and Future" . Andy Ziegler, Associate Director and Water Quality Specialist, U.S. Geologic Survey - "Kansas Water Quality Issues"

For more information about the speakers, see their biographies on the Web site at www.kansasnrc.com/plenary.htm.

"There will be over 50 papers presented during the concurrent sessions throughout the conference," said Meyerhoff. "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 11 subjects, according to Keith Harmoney, Kansas State University Ag Research Center, Hays, who is handling presentation scheduling. A few titles include: Trends and Impacts of Kansas Irrigated Agriculture; Fish and Fish Habitat in the Kansas River: What Have We Learned?; Selling Conservation of Playas in Western Kansas. Check out the rest on the Web site.

Conference registration form, concurrent session topics, tradeshow exhibiting information, committee chairs, and hotel information is available on the Web site at www.kansasnrc.com. Or, contact Dan Meyerhoff, at 785-625-2588 or e-mail at dan.meyerhoff@ks.usda.gov.

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.