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January 2, 2013

Annual natural resources conference slated Jan. 24-25

Parsons, Kansas — The Kansas Natural Resource Conference (KNRC) will be held in Wichita January 24 and 25, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Airport. A unique opportunity for professionals dedicated to natural resource conservation to connect, this year marks the sixth year for the conference.

This year’s plenary session will feature speakers who will discuss the conference theme “Under Attack: Invasive Species in Kansas,” including the following:

•“Invasive Species? A National Perspective” by Chris Dionigi, deputy director of the National Invasive Species Council

•“Invasive Pest Concerns Affecting Kansas” by Jeff Vogel, Plant Protection and Weed Control Program manager for the Kansas Department of Agriculture

•“Bioenergy and Biodiversity” by Bill McGuire, president of Bill McGuire Conservation, LLC

•“Emerald Ash Borer: Kicking Ash in North America” by Deborah G. McCullough, professor at Michigan State University

Interested individuals will find that conference speakers, concurrent sessions, and the tradeshow provide a variety of information about many natural resource topics, including the many aspects of invasive species. For more information, as well as registration details, go to, or follow KNRC on Facebook. Early registration continues through January 9, 2013.

According to Keith Harmoney, poster and paper presentation chairperson, “Professionals and students will be presenting at breakout sessions on the conference theme, as well as other natural resource-related topics of importance to Kansas and the region, which will make this an educational and informative conference.”

Nearly 70 posters and presentations will be available at the conference. Categories for this year's breakout sessions will include aquatics, careers, forestry, pasture, rangeland, riparian, wetlands, and wildlife. Detailed information about the presentations are available at

“There is no better place for your organization to display your products or services,” said Harold Klaege (email hklaege@, chair of the tradeshow.” Professionals attending the conference can learn about your products or services, and then through their normal contacts with Kansas landowners and operators suggest your product or services.”

Conference brochure, registration form, concurrent session topics, tradeshow exhibiting information, committee chairs, and hotel information are available on online, by contacting Jessica Mounts at 316-683-8069 or emailing,

The sponsors of the conference are the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Society of American Foresters, 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 of Range Management, and Kansas Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society. £

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