Flint Hills Burning
Every spring, the Flint Hills of Kansas are burned as a management tool to prevent invasion of woody vegetation and promote new growth of native grasses. Burning is a part of the natural ecosystem of the prairie and is essential to maintaining the prairie ecosystem. Environmental conditions, such as wind current, humidity, wind speed and temperature, can have an affect on the effectiveness of the burn. There have been environmental concerns expressed concerning the impact of burning on air quality and human health. A Flints Hills Smoke Management Plan has been developed and approved and is being implemented.
To learn more about the Flint Hills burning issues and management alternatives go to: www.ksfire.org
Black Carbon Initiative Scientific Exchange
In 2012, two Russian scholars, Sofya Solovyeva and Artem Solopov, visited KSU to participate in the Black Carbon Initiative Scientific Exchange. They were mentored by Dr. Carol Blocksome, Dr. Michael Langemier, Dr. Dan Devlin, Dr. Jim Shroyer, Dr. Nina Lilja and Dr. Aleksey Sheshukov. The scholars traveled the state participating in consultations and field days. After their return to Russia, Dr. Carol Blocksome, Dr. Dan Devlin and Dr. Michael Langemier traveled to Russia to visit Lomonosov Moscow State University and attend the conference "Developing Options for Avoiding, Reducing or Mitigating Agricultural Burning that Contributes to Black Carbon in the Arctic".