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NWTF Logo The Kansas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently approved a 2008 Hunting Heritage Super Fund project at Clinton Lake. The Kansas Dept. of Wildlife& Parks will use the $4,600 award to create woodland openings and restore grassland at Clinton Wildlife Area.Management of native grassland is very important on the Clinton Wildlife Area. Clinton has over 200 acres of historical native prairie, most all of the non-native cool season grasslands have been converted to warm season native grasses and wildflowers.

Primary species hunted on the area include deer, turkey, waterfowl, mourning dove, bobwhite quail, squirrel, and rabbit. Also, a wide array of non-game birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians can be found on the area or migrating through. Trapping, fishing, and wildlife viewing are also popular past times on the area.

The Hunting Heritage Super Fund was established in 1983 to support the NWTF’s conservation and education programs. The program pools money raised at banquets, or donated by individual or corporate sponsors.

KDWP Press Release Kansas Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation

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KAWS Wetland and Stream Conference Sept 20 – 2, 2007

Overland Park Sherraton

Features National Wetland Experts

“Patrick Parenteau, Professor of Environmental Law, Vermont Law School, is the featured speaker at the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, Inc. (KAWS) Conference to be held on September 20-22, 2007 at the Overland Park Sheraton,” said Tim Christian, state coordinator. “Parenteau’s talk entitled “Where’s Waldo? Jurisdictional Determinations in the Wake of Rapanos” should offer new insights into the issue of how isolated wetlands fit jurisdictionally in Kansas and across the nation. Professor Parenteau is a nationally recognized expert on wildlife and endangered species, wetlands, water quality, public lands, and NEPA.”

Additionally, KAWS is holding a panel discussion on Friday morning relative to the Rapanos decision
that will include Dr. Parenteau, Russell Kaiser, US Army Corps of Engineers; US Environmental Protection Agency; and representatives of the US Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Christian continued. Russell Kaiser, US ACE, began working on
environmental issues, including wetland permitting and compliance issues, with the Corps of Engineers in the early-1990s. He is a foremost authority on Clean Water Act jurisdiction within the Corpsof Engineers and conferred with the Assistant Secretary to the Army and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality over the whole year between the Supreme Court (Rapanos vs. Carabell) decision and the Guidance issuance.

The concurrent sessions on Friday will cover a host of relevant topics including Using Assessments
to Gauge Needs and Treatments, Making Conservation Buffers Work, The Technology Behind On-the-Ground Practices,
and Hot Resource Topics…including Ethanol and Cellulosic Production – Impacts on the Resource, 2007 Floods Coffeyville and beyond, and Floodplain Management.

A diverse slate of speakers is lined up to deliver the information all afternoon, said Christian.

Saturday’s format is set up for training and attendees will be able to acquire continuing education
credits in our Wetland, Stream and Riparian Area Sessions. Those include Stream Stabilization vs. Restoration, Riparian Area Restoration, Naturally Developed Parks and Urban Areas, and Rain Gardens and Other Bio-Retention Practices. Several key speakers to note are Ted Spaid, ASLA, CLARB, a principal and co-founder of SWT Design in St. Louis, Missouri. He will be talking about naturally developed parks and urban areas. Another is Robert E. Pitt, P.E., Ph.D., D. WRE, DEE, currently the Cudworth Professor of Urban Water Systems at the University of Alabama, and authority on urban best management practices.

KAWS works with local people to create, protect and restore Kansas’ wetland and stream resources.
Organized in 1996, KAWS is a 501.C.3. educational public charity reaching a broad spectrum of individuals, groups, and governments to improve the wetlands and streams they own or control.

KAWS provides its services through 12 local chapters that cover the entire state.

For more information on the conference speakers, agenda, sponsors and exhibitors, to register,
or to find out more about KAWS, go to
www.kaws.org, or call 785-425-7325.

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From http://www.kansascity.com Posted on Friday, Jul. 13, 2007

Army Corps closes Clinton Lake dam outlet after trash buildup

By The Associated Press

LAWRENCE | The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today closed the Clinton Lake dam outlet to ward off fishermen.Officials said a rapid release of lake water has attracted more fish in the outlet on the dam’s east side. The corps is releasing 1,000 cubic feet of lake water per second, up from 21 cubic feet due to heavy rains.

The people who have come to take advantage of the plentiful fishing have also left more trash, said Jon Carlisle, ranger and natural resources specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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From The Lawrence Journal World June 14, 2007

Construction of a new 4,800-square-foot museum at Clinton Lake could begin this fall.

A preliminary design will be on display during an open house and fundraiser this weekend at the Wakarusa River Valley and Heritage Museum in Bloomington Park at Clinton Lake. The approximately $400,000 museum would be built nearby, according to its director, Martha Parker…..

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http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/jun/14/open_house_help_fund_new_museum_lake/

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Alison Reber has sent you an Article from the Indian Country Today website.
Kansas: Lawrence – Wakarusa Wetlands Save the Wakarusa Wetlands Inc. – an association of Lawrence, Kan.,-based Haskell Indian Nations University alumni, students and community supporters – will observe National Prayer Day at sunrise June 21 in the wetlands south of Lawrence. The ceremony will be led by Jimm Goodtracks, Otoe-Missouria, assisted by Mike Smith, Dene, and is open to all who wish to add their prayers to save this sacred place from the highway builders. Jeremy Shield, Crow, will again sing a song to greet the sun. Participants will ask for the protection of the Wakarusa Wetlands (aka Haskell-Baker Wetlands), threatened by an eight-lane highway project approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but delayed by state budget constraints. After years of claiming the trafficway had been ”de-federalized,” in an attempt to render federal laws protecting Native sites inapplicable, the Federal Highway Administration is back in the game. It recently announced its intent to adopt an outdated and severely flawed Corps of Engineers environmental impact statement in order to expedite federal funds for the beleaguered project. As has happened so often in this long struggle, the announcement of a decision, promised by March, had been postponed until after Haskell students left for summer vacation. A lawsuit is pending if KDOT proceeds with construction. This sacred place is the last significant trace of the original Wakarusa Bottoms, an 18,000-acre prairie wetland environment that existed for thousands of years before the draining and damming of the wetlands, which supplied Native peoples of the region with valuable medicines and important ceremonial items.

Elders have said the Creator caused the course of the Wakarusa River to go directly east toward the rising sun, in sharp contrast to the other rivers in the region, as a sign of sacred healing plants and herbs to be gathered there. About 600 acres of the Wakarusa Wetlands was located directly south of the dorms at Haskell Institute. The last major remnant of this wetland became a refuge where young Indian people from all across the country survived government efforts to exterminate their cultures during the off-reservation boarding school years. There, in the wetland refuge, young Indian people from Maine to California sang forbidden songs, performed dances that were federally punishable with jail time and refused to let the authorities ”kill the Indian” in them. Parents and other tribal leaders camped, often for weeks, beside these wetlands on the bank of the Wakarusa awaiting permission from school officials to retrieve or at least visit their children. Despite efforts to drain the wetland in the early 20th century, and Haskell’s loss of this property during the termination era, the Wakarusa Wetland, like Haskell Indian Nations University itself, has survived and flourished. The entire historic Haskell campus, including the wetlands, is reportedly being considered for designation as a National Historic Heritage area. Contact Michael Caron at (785) 842-6293 or mcaron@sunflower.com with Save the Wakarusa Wetlands in the subject line, or visit http://www.savethewetlands.org; Lori Tapahonso, executive assistant/public information officer, Haskell Indian Nations University, at (785) 830-2715 or LTapahonso@HASKELL.edu; or RaeLynn Butler, president, Haskell Wetland Preservation Organization, Haskell Indian Nations University, at Rbutler@HASKELL.edu.

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From Lawrence Journal World June 29th, 2007
>The Census report released Wednesday showed 59 fewer people in Lawrence this year than last year. That’s a decline of less than one tenth of one percent, but it gets the attention of local residents who are accustomed to the city’s rapid growth in recent years.

more… http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/jun/29/growth_factors/

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The latest newsletter is now digitally available in all it’s 12 page glory.

Many moons ago writing for a fall 2006 newsletter began. Somewhere along the way we decided that one big newsletter might be a manageable way to demonstrate the breadth of the organization. It took a while but we finally got the whole thing written, formatted, printed, folded, and addressed. Ideally we would have been able to send out many more copies but limited funds have meant limiting many things. Don’t let the January 2007 print date deter you from enjoying the contents of this impressive publication. It’s a keeper.

PS We could definitely use a hand getting the future newsletters produced. Contributions of elbow grease or dollars would be fantastic.

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