Groups merge to form Kansas Forestry Association

After two years of debate and planning, a new Kansas Forestry Association has emerged from the combined memberships of the Walnut Council of Kansas and the Kansas Tree Farm Committee.

Having one organization will allow members more complete access to information, assistance and services available to support tree farming in Kansas.

Individual Kansans own 95 percent of the state's 2.1 million forested acres, according to Bob Atchison, rural program coordinator for the Kansas Forest Service. The USDA Forest Service's official census puts the number of Kansas forest landowners at 103,000.

Interested landowners can learn more about the association's efforts by calling (785) 532-3310.