Quail habitat initiative to be discussed

A special workshop and dinner on quail habitat will be held in Emporia on Tuesday evening.

Representatives of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will update folks attending on the progress of the Quail Initiative Project, an effort to target additional funding for habitat improvements and monitor changes over the next five years.

The Melvern Wildlife Area, which includes parts of Lyon, Coffey, Osage and Wabaunsee counties, is one of two areas in eastern Kansas that are part of the initiative.

State small game coordinator Jim Pitman says Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has designated $100,000 for landowner cost-sharing initiatives, and the plan is to offer a full cost-share to complement the standard 75 percent cost share through federal habitat programs.

The dinner starts at 5:30 pm at the Fairgrounds Anderson Building with the presentation to follow. For information, call 342-0658.

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