Cottonwood Connections March2023 | Page 2

Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) is the only evergreen tree native to Kansas, and it was originally found from eastern Canada, south to parts of Florida, and westward to eastern Texas and North Dakota.  Before European settlement of the plains, it was believed to be found mainly in eastern Kansas on bluffs, ridges, and extremely steep slopes, or basically places that were difficult for fires to reach and travel through as prairie fires helped form the dominant grassland regions of Kansas.

Today, it has been introduced or has spread into most all regions of Kansas from shelterbelt introductions or from the lack of prescribed fires on pastures and rangelands into ecological sites where it originally did not occupy.  It has adapted to most soils found throughout the state, from moist, deep loamy riparian soils to dry and clayey upland soils, but is especially adapted to dry, coarse, and calcareous soils. To read the complete article, please click the following link:

The Kansas Pasture Survey is open, and your input is very important! Your survey responses provide aggregate information on all types of pasture use and practices, including leasing rates and fencing rates. Completion of the survey should take less than 15 minutes.

The survey is available at WWW.TINYURL.COM/PASTURE23. The deadline for the survey is May 31, 2023.

Your response is voluntary, anonymous, and confidential. If you know of anyone who may be able to provide information on the survey, please share the survey information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or the Center at 785-532-3509.

We sincerely appreciate your responses – Leah Tsoodle, Director, Land Use Survey Office, Dept. of Ag Economics at KSU. [email protected]

2023 Kansas Pasture Survey

Eastern Redcedar Encroachment