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Kansas Forest Service to Host 100 Public Forestry Education Events
The Kansas Forest Service celebrated the NASF #CentennialChallenge by hosting and/or coordinating 100 public education events throughout the state.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, KFS staff had to get creative to deliver public education and did so through a combination of live virtual events, pre-recorded videos, and in-person events when it became safe to do so.
A series of four virtual tree identification courses were part of the educational offerings. Normally held in person, the virtual courses were incredibly popular with 754 attendees from across the United States and beyond. Seeing the popularity of the courses and not having the participant limitations of a physical space, virtual tree identification courses are now an annual offering.
Other courses offered included: proper tree/shrub seedling planting techniques, assessing wildland urban interface risks, tree care and maintenance through pruning, control of invasive woody plant species, pest insect identification, and many more!