The Wildlife and Parks Commission

As a cabinet-level agency, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) is administered by a Secretary and advised by a seven-member Commission. All Commission positions are appointed by the Governor, with Commissioners serving staggered four-year terms.

Serving as a regulatory body for KDWP, the Commission is a non-partisan board made up of no more than four members of any one political party, advising the Secretary on planning and policy issues regarding administration of KDWP. The driving force behind the Commission's actions are the goals and objectives of managing and promoting the wildlife and natural resources of Kansas.

The Commission typically meets six times a year, and all meetings are accessible and open to the public. Time is also set aside, both during afternoon and evening sessions, for public comment on non-agenda items.

To contact Commissioners, and to view a list of upcoming meeting dates, see below.

NEW for 2023:

Beginning in January 2023, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will begin all public meetings at NOON (12 p.m.), concluding only when business is complete; the Commission will no longer take an automatic recess at 5 p.m. And, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will hold the public hearing discussion and vote at the beginning of each public meeting (as opposed to the end of each meeting), to ensure ample time for public input prior to other Commission activities taking place.

Contact Commissioners

To contact all Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commissioners, click here: Contact All Commissioners.

NEW for 2023:

Beginning in January 2023, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will begin all public meetings at NOON (12 p.m.), concluding only when business is complete; the Commission will no longer take an automatic recess at 5 p.m. And, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will hold the public hearing discussion and vote at the beginning of each public meeting (as opposed to the end of each meeting), to ensure ample time for public input prior to other Commission activities taking place.

Name Address Phone Email
Lauren Queal Sill Hutchinson, KS (620) 200-4337 Email
Gerald W. Lauber Topeka, KS (785) 267-5522 Email
Emerick Cross Kansas City, KS (913) 424-6767 Email
Warren Gfeller Russell, KS (913) 221-1173 Email
Phillip Escareno Garden City, KS (620) 272-1258 Email
Troy Sporer Oakley, KS (785) 672-0230 Email
Delia Lister Pittsburg, KS   Coming Soon
Instructions to Participate in Virtual Meeting

A)  Log Into Zoom

  1. Visit https://ksoutdoors.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZElcu2uqz8tHNTn_IB6zbkSfgPg0IUqBlDo.
  2. Register by entering your first and last name, and email address.
  3. Once registered, you will be provided a link to “join the meeting.”
  4. Visitors will be muted upon entering the meeting. To comment or ask a question, use the “raise hand” feature or type into the chat area to Jason Dickson.

B)  Call In

  1. Call: 1-877-853-5257
  2. When a meeting ID is requested, enter: 858 5465 4760#
  3. When a participant ID is requested, enter: #
  4. For comments or questions, email: kdwpt.kdwptinfo@ks.gov

C)  Watch Live Video/Audio Stream

  1. Individuals may watch a live video/audio stream of the meeting on https://ksoutdoors.com/commission-meeting
Upcoming & Archived Meeting Information
NEW for 2023:

Beginning in January 2023, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will begin all public meetings at NOON (12 p.m.), concluding only when business is complete; the Commission will no longer take an automatic recess at 5 p.m. And, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will hold the public hearing discussion and vote at the beginning of each public meeting (as opposed to the end of each meeting), to ensure ample time for public input prior to other Commission activities taking place.

Watch Meetings Here

Date: January 12, 2023

Time: 12:00 p.m. CST

Location: Wichita - Great Plains Nature Center Auditorium, 6232 E 29th St N or Virtual  - Instructions to participate in virtual meeting

NEW for 2023:

Beginning in January 2023, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will begin all public meetings at NOON (12 p.m.), concluding only when business is complete; the Commission will no longer take an automatic recess at 5 p.m. And, the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will hold the public hearing discussion and vote at the beginning of each public meeting (as opposed to the end of each meeting), to ensure ample time for public input prior to other Commission activities taking place. 

Current Meeting Information

View Past Meetings

View the Commission meeting on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9_SrpmPSJ8.