PRATT – The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KWPT) Commission will conduct its next public meeting on August 15, 2019 at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Best Conference Center, 12600 Quivira Rd. in Overland Park. All are welcome to attend the meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Time will be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items at the beginning of both the afternoon and evening sessions.
During the afternoon session, attendees will hear a report on agency and state fiscal status, and a 2019 legislative session update. Staff will then present information for a general discussion on big game regulations and deer research, outdoor mentors, and microchemistry in fisheries. Then, a series of workshop topics – items that may be voted on at a future commission meeting – will be discussed. Workshop items include electronic licensing, threatened and endangered species regulations, fishing regulations, state park regulations, turkey regulations, and electric bicycles.
Commissioners will recess by 5 p.m. and reconvene at 6:30 p.m. to vote on the following items:
- Reduction of disabled veteran’s license fees
- Backcountry access pass
- Furbearer and coyote management units
- Otter management units
- Furbearer season dates and bag limits
If necessary, the Commission will reconvene at 9 a.m. at the same location, August 16, 2019, to complete any unfinished business. Should this occur, time will again be set aside for public comment on non-agenda items.
Information about the Commission, including the August 15, 2019 meeting agenda and briefing book, can be downloaded at ksoutdoors.com/KDWPT-Info/Commission.
If notified in advance, the Commission 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 Commission secretary at (620) 672-5911.
The next KWPT Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in Great Bend.