If you enjoy the Kansas outdoors including its state parks and wildlife areas, there is a bureaucratic exercise coming up and you just may want to engage.
A draft of the 2015 Kansas Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is available for review and comment on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's website. The five-year plan addresses the period from 2015 through 2019.
The plan is required for Kansas to be able to get grants from the National Park Service under the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Kansas has received more than $50 million in LWCF grant funding since that program began in 1965.
Comments can be made online using the email form provided or by postal mail to: Kyle Jackson, KDWPT Parks Division, 512 S.E. 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67424-8174. Comments must be submitted online or postmarked no later than Friday, December 19, 2014.
Goals outlined in the plan include improving the access to recreational activities close to the population centers of the state. The plan assesses the status of outdoor experiences and examines important outdoor recreation issues facing the state.
That makes it the perfect venue for comments about what you would like to see added to state parks or other public recreational areas or how hunting and fishing experiences and opportunities might be expanded or improved in rural areas of the state because the plan includes recommendations on how the state might improve the outdoor experiences and benefits for residents and visitors.
As the plan was developed, KDWPT and consultant Sid Stevenson, PhD sought public input on topics including managed park use, issues and needs, and the types of experiences park-goers hope to have in the future.
To review the draft plan and submit comments go to www.ksoutdoors.com and click on "State Parks" then "2015 SCORP Draft."