Thursday, January 03, 2008

2008 will be a Great Year in the Kansas Flint Hills

We will do our best to assist you with plans for your visits in the Kansas Flint Hills in 2008.
Start with our website:
If you have comments or questions, go to the free forums at the website - or, simply add your comment or questions on this blog. We'll get right back to you.
During 2008, we will try to regularly highlight distinctive aspects of the Kansas Flint Hills and a variety of events that might interest you.
The Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, Inc. is developing the first ever Kansas Flint Hills Tourism Guide, that should be ready by the end of March. Check the website, and this blog, regularly, for further information on the Tourism Guide.See you in the Kansas Flint Hills! ;-)

1 comment:

RD said...

Been noticing that the "Flint Hills of Kansas" tourism group has made the decision to only market and promote the "Ecoregions" of the Flint Hills and not the entire Flint Hills. DON'T LIMIT YOUR TOURISM EFFORTS!
Hopefully in 2008 you will rethink your position and promote all of the Kansas Flint Hills, not just the Ecoregions.
Though some have said and posted that the Kansas Geological Survey has done a new map redefining the Flint Hills, as of Jan. 4, 2008, this is NOT true.
The KGS was involved in a cooperative effort, which included the EPA, USGS and others which defined the ecoregions of the Flint Hills. They did assist with a map showing this region.
The geographical area of the Flint Hills can still be found on the KS State Map, on the KGS website map, the Natural Kansas website, Emporia Earth Science report on the "Generalized Physiographic Map of Kansas and the KS Energy Info Network.
Other groups and organizations that use the Flint Hills map which you use, clearly define the map as a "Ecoregion Map."
Look at the National Goegraphic Society website. See how they clearly list on the map "Ecoregion."
Many in KS are quick to point out the "Tallgrass Prairie Landscapes in the Flint Hills Region." The next time you hear someone do this, remind them that this region extends outside of the Flint Hills you promote and market.
Anyway, you can grow Kansas Flint Hills tourism by not limiting yourself to just the ecoregions, but marketing and promoting all of the Kansas Flint Hills.
I'll close with information presented at the Flint Hills-Bluestem Pasture Symposium, Paper Written By O.W. Bidwell, Titled "The Flint Hills Range Site"
The Flint Hils apparently imply different things to different people.
To the geologist they are an area where certain bedrock, notably cherty limestones, outcrop.
To the botanist and range scientist the Flint Hills comprise an area of natural vegation whose substrate only incidentally contains flint and chert rock.
To the zoologist they are a natural habitat for wild animals and a barrier to their migration.
To the native they consitute an unusually irregular blustem mantled landscape whose steep rocky slopes and accordant summits create a panoramic beauty that constantly change with the season and the hour."