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The Red HillsĖOut of the Ashes - Ken Brunson • Sedgwick County

Monday, Nov 13th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Donut Whole • 1720 E Douglas • Wichita, KS • Map

The past two springs witnessed two of the largest wildfires known for Kansas as well as for North America. 1.2 million acres burned out of control from these two fires killing people, livestock, shelterbelts and destroying thousands of miles of fence and many structures including homes. But for the rangeland affected, things were good. Invasive cedar trees were killed and rangeland recovered with the extra benefit of timely precipitation. So how has the land and people recovered?

Ken Brunson is the Red Hills Project Coordinator for the Nature Conservancy in Kansas. He will provide descriptions and visual images of the amazing recovery of the Red Hills from these huge wildfires. Kenís background as a long time employee of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks as well as his college education at Fort Hays State gives him a secure base of knowledge in order to expertly explain the conditions for these wildfires and the landís recovery from them.

The Science Cafe in Wichita was started January 2011 with the support of Kansas Citizenís for Science. It is hosted by The Donut Whole. Harry Gregory and Crystal Kerr organize these Science Cafes in Wichita.

Science Cafes involve face to face conversations about current science with scientists or people in fields involving science. More about Science Cafes can be found at These will typically be held the second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglass, Wichita, KS).

Sponsor: Science Cafe Wichita

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