Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - NPS photo




On March 14, 2010 the Eastern Native Tree Society and Western Native Tree Society switched from discussion lists on Google Groups to a new discussion list in a Bulletin Board format at: http://www.ents-bbs.org/index.php  Posts made since the inception of the BBS on March 14, 2010 will be sorted and archived on the BBS. Click on the link to go to the equivalent section on the new BBS. This website will continue to serve as a front end for the ENTS and WNTS groups. It will continue to serve as a repository of older posts, and will serve as the host site for special projects and features that are not well suited for a BBS format. Please visit the BBS for the latest information and trip reports.

Field Trips and Discussions

Kansas Forest Service http://www.kansasforests.org/ Welcome to the Kansas Forest Service web site, your site for all sorts of information related to foresty and fire management in the state of Kansas.

Champion Trees of Kansas http://www.kansasforests.org/community/champion/index.shtml The Kansas Champion Tree Program maintains a database of the largest trees of the various species in Kansas so they can be identified, preserved, and enjoyed by all. The Champion Trees listed in this searchable database include species that are native to Kansas, as well as some that have been introduced here.

Ancient Cross Timbers Project:  http://www.uark.edu/misc/xtimber/  The Cross Timbers are the post oak and blackjack oak woodlands that form the western frontier of deciduous forests in Texas, Oklahoma, and southeastern Kansas. Literally thousands of acres of ancient forest survive in the Cross Timbers because these stout oaks were too short and craggy for commercial sawlog production.   Post oak trees up to 400 years old and red cedar trees over 500 years old have been found in these interesting woodlands. Unfortunately, the great antiquity of the uncut Cross Timbers is not widely appreciated and they continue to be destroyed.  This project is dedicated to the location and appreciation of these authentic ancient forest remnants. 

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve http://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm On November 12, 1996, legislation was passed creating Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. A new superintendent was assigned to the site in February 1997, and planning activities for the preserve are now underway.  The preserve protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass ecosystem. Of the 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the North American Continent, less than 4 percent remains, primarily in the Flint Hills.