Daily Archives: July 17, 2015

Statewide Deer permit up for auction

The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams has won a 2015 Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission Big Game Permit!

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission is authorized to issue up to seven Commission Big Game Permits per calendar year. These permits are only available to nonprofit organizations like the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) that actively promote wildlife conservation and the hunting and fishing heritage.

The permit is currently up for bid on the KAN-PIC Auction site at http://www.kan-pic.org/Listing/ListingConfirmation/174351

You will need to register on our site before bidding. Just click on the register link at the upper right and fill out the information. You will need to pick a conservation group to receive a small percentage of the proceeds. If you are not familiar with some of the groups listed or are not particular as to the group you support, pick our organization, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS).

After the permit is issued in the name of the final recipient, it shall not be transferred to any other individual for any reason. The permit shall be subject to the restrictions of the Statewide Any Deer Permit as issued by KDWPT. Good luck!!

Range School scholarship deadline nears

“What does soil health, improved water quality, diverse plants communities, drought-proofing your ranch, or considering a conservation easement have to do with leaving a legacy?”, said Tim Christian, state coordinator for the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition (KGLC). “The 2015 KGLC Range School’s instructors and guest speakers will provide answers to those and other topics.  And, if you are interested in securing a scholarship note the deadline is approaching quickly.”

The Mid-/Shortgrass Range School runs from August 4-6 at Camp Lakeside, Lake Scott, and the Tallgrass Range School is set for August 18-20 at Camp Wood YMCA, Elmdale with the theme Sustaining Rangelands by Leaving A Legacy, Christian said. We have a slate of instructors and guest speakers that will give attendees much to think about and perhaps act on as they return to their operations. A featured speaker at the Mid-/Shortgrass School is Jim Hoy, Emporia Sate University professor and author, and his wife Cathy who ranch in the Flint Hills and placed a conservation easement on their property. Other ranchers with easements will be featured at the Tallgrass School.

Registration is $350 per person and covers course materials, on-site lodging and meals, and other related costs. Ranchers, landowners, and students may qualify for a $175 scholarship, and agency staffs may qualify for $125 in scholarship help. Forms and more information on the Schools is available at www.kglc.org under 2015 Range Schools found in the navigation bar. Scholarship applications must be submitted by July 24 for the Mid-/Shortgrass School and August 7 for the Tallgrass School.

KGLC depends on its partnering individuals, organizations and agencies to help underwrite the scholarships provided. To date, sponsors include USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kansas State University Research and Extension; US Fish and Wildlife Service Kansas Partners Program; Kansas Section of the Society for Range Management; The Nature Conservancy; William F. Bradley, Jr.; Trust; Richard and Pat Schroder; Westar Energy; ITC Great Plains; Security State Bank, Scott City; and Feed-Lot Magazine.

KGLC organized in 1991 as a non-profit educational organization and its vision is to regenerate Kansas grazing lands. This is achieved through the management, economics, ecology, production, and technical assistance programs provided by voluntary methods to reach landowners, ranchers, and others making decisions on grazing lands.

For more information on the 2015 KGLC Range Schools, contact Tim Christian, state coordinator, at 620-242-6440, email to [email protected]. You may also go to the web at www.kglc.org.