May 15, 2014

The four-day event will feature much more than just the black walnut

PRATT ­– The Kansas Forest Service, Kansas Chapter of the Walnut Council, Kansas Tree Farm Committee, and the Kansas Forestry Association will host the 2014 “Walnuts in the Wild West” National Walnut Council Meeting, June 8-11, in Manhattan. This unique opportunity will feature both nationally-recognized and local experts in the growth, culture and utilization of black walnut, and other fine quality hardwoods. Landowners, farmers, ranchers, natural resource professionals, scientists, and forest industry representatives will benefit from attending this event.

The meeting will kick-off Sunday afternoon with a tour of the 8,616-acre Konza Prairie, followed by a tour and reception at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Monday and Tuesday tours will be offered at the privately-owned Chase-Riat Walnut Plantation and Kansas State University’s Geyer Forestry Research Area where sessions will be held on pruning, tree planting, when to thin, wildlife habitat, and a variety of other topics. Event activities will conclude Wednesday with guest speakers, a state chapter report, and door prize drawings.

Participants do not need to be a member of the Walnut Council to attend; however pre-registration by May 26 is encouraged. The Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan, will serve as the event hub. To reserve a room, call (785) 539-5311.

For more information, or to register for this event, contact Walnut Council executive director, Liz Jackson, at (765) 583-3512, or by e-mail at Jackson@purdue.edu.