Kansas Forest Service
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
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.
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.