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Published on: Jun. 30, 2010

major lakes and rivers, plus small community lakes. A search for fishing lakes and ponds in the 12-county Kansas City region finds 72 such areas.

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Funds for Loggers, Landowners

Loggers and landowners can both benefit from a new Missouri Department of Conservation pilot cost-share incentive program called the Best Management Practices Conservation Innovation Grant. The grant is funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. According to Conservation Department Forest Program Supervisor John Tuttle, the grants are focused on encouraging timber harvesters to implement Best Management Practices on private land timber sales in Reynolds, Iron, Shannon, Ripley, Carter and Wayne counties.

The grant is designed to be a partnership between loggers and landowners as they do business together. If approved, the cost-share would directly pay loggers $10 to $20 per acre to implement the BMPs and landowners would receive $5 per acre.

“The concept behind splitting the incentive is that the logger has the responsibility for establishing erosion prevention measures on timber sales and the equipment to implement the BMPs, and the landowner owns the property and is responsible for maintenance of the BMPs for a reasonable period of time,” Tuttle says.

BMPs were developed as a guide for loggers and landowners to combine safe logging practices with steps that will avoid damage to water quality and soil erosion associated with timber harvesting. By taking steps to learn the BMPs and implement them, the Conservation Department hopes the Conservation Innovation Grant will encourage loggers and landowners to work together in maintaining the best possible forest health and productivity.

To participate, Tuttle says loggers should sign up for the cost share program at their regional Conservation Department office (see Page 3). He says they must be a professional trained logger or attend a BMPs training class with the Conservation Department.

Conservation Hall of Fame

The late Charles E. “Ted” Shanks, a pioneering waterfowl biologist, became the 33rd member of the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame May 28 at a ceremony in Jefferson City.

Shanks’ groundbreaking research guided the development of wetland management techniques and waterfowl hunting procedures for conservation areas. During his 21-year career with the Department, Shanks was instrumental in developing the Schell-Osage Conservation Area and public hunting at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Montrose CA.

He served for many years

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