CedarTrees-WaterConservation-Mtg_Feb27-2008

CedarTrees-WaterConservation-Mtg_Feb27-2008 - Feb. 27, 2007...

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Feb. 27, 2007 Public Meeting, Manhattan, KS (to be held at KSU, Seaton 63 – 12:30-1:20pm) Options for Controlling Eastern Red Cedar on All Properties in the State of Kansas Options for Reducing Negative Impacts on Water Resources throughout Kansas Hear ye! Hear ye! After careful review of the literature related to the value of ecosystem capital (including Wright chapter 11) – and contemplating the dual concerns of cedar tree invasions and the overuse of water resources throughout the State of Kansas – it has been determined that a public meeting should be held to address these two important environmental issues. Each group must determine three or four options to effectively address these two issues. Two options are being considered at the state level to control Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar) – including levying a fee on all property owners who do not control Eastern Red Cedar on their land and levying fines against nurserymen, contractors, designers, and landowners who sell, buy, specify, or plant Eastern Red Cedar without a state approved permit. An option being considered related to water-conservation is to levy a fee upon all who use more than their specifically allotted amount of water. Agricultural landowners would naturally be allotted much greater amounts of water than residential landowners. Industries, commercial businesses, state institutions, farmers, ranchers, and residential landowners would each receive a specified allotment of water based upon the best scientific data available at our office. These are preliminary ideas that focus on regulatory and incentive-based approaches for addressing these concerns. What we need from participants at Monday’s meeting is to provide a list of additional options, and one or two critical questions related to these issues. We look forward to hearing your thoughts. Sincerely yours, Lester R. Skatterbushes, Executive Director, Kansas Bureau of Invasive Species Management Sources of information briefly reviewed include: http://www.r6.fws.gov/pfw/r6pfw15.htm - Invasive Species definitions and examples (incl. Eastern Red Cedar) http://ecos.fws.gov/docs/partners/web/pdf/793.pdf - Kansas Conservation Issues – Partners for Fish & Wildlife http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/junvir/all.html - Data sheet on Juniperus virginiana http://www.springerlink.com/content/jkcthurfr7x6a2wl/ - Studying prairie conversion to Eastern Red Cedar stands http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/radio/StreamingArchives/TREE%20TALES/TT-1214-01%20with%20music.mp3 – MP3 http://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/PubDetail.aspx?pubid=794 - “Linking Growth and Land Use to Water Supply” http://www.kwo.org/Reports%20&%20Publications/1990_WCP_Guidelines.pdf - Kansas Water Conservation Plan http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Lewis/city/or277.htm - Lewis, KS “Water Drought/Emergency Ordinance” http://www.jcks.com/ordinance/titlevii/ch700a3.html - Junction City, KS Water Conservation Restrictions http://www.olatheks.org/Residents/Services/Water/documents/WCP_06.pdf
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