June 5, 2014

Public unable to attend can watch the meeting streamed live through ksoutdoors.com 

PRATT – The public is invited to attend an upcoming Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting, June 19 at the Lamplighter Inn & Suites, 4020 Parkview Dr., Pittsburg. The afternoon session will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and reconvene at 6:30 p.m. for the evening session.

The afternoon session will begin with time for public comments on non-agenda items, followed by a general discussion period. Topics covered in the general discussion include: Secretary’s remarks regarding agency and state fiscal status and an update on the 2014 legislature, tourism division activities, 2015 turkey regulations, and information on the mined land restoration project.

Workshop topics for the afternoon session include items that were covered under general discussion during the April meeting. Workshop topics, which will be discussed for potential regulatory action at a future meeting, include park regulations, fishing regulations, late migratory bird seasons, the five-year review of the Kansas Threatened and Endangered Species List, and the use of dogs to track wounded or dead deer.

The commission will recess at 5 p.m., then reconvene at 6:30 p.m. at the same location to discuss any remaining workshop items and begin the public hearing. Public hearing items open for discussion during the evening session include early migratory bird seasons; public land regulations; Ft. Riley deer season dates; big game and wild turkey provisions; and prairie chicken hunting.

Time will be available in both the afternoon and evening sessions for public comment on non-agenda items. If necessary, the commission will reconvene at the same location at 9 a.m., June 20, to complete any unfinished business.

A commercial-free version of live video and audio streaming of commission meetings will be broadcast through ksoutdoors.com.

If notified in advance, the department will have an interpreter available for the hearing impaired. To request an interpreter, call the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 1-800-432-0698. Any individual with a disability may request other accommodations by contacting the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission secretary at (620) 672-5911.

The next commission meeting is scheduled for August 21, 2014 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K157 Hwy, Great Bend.