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In March of 2016, an enormous wildfire burned more than 400,000 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas. Dubbed the Anderson Creek Fire, it burned nearly 300,000 acres of Barber County alone, killing more than 600 cattle and destroying 16 homes and structures.


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About KDWPT:The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is a cabinet-level agency with a Secretary appointed by the Governor

A seven-member, bipartisan commission, also appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations governing outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife resources in Kansas

The commission conducts business during regular public sessions.KDWPT employs approximately 460 full-time employees in five divisions: Executive Services, Administrative Services, Fisheries and Wildlife, Law Enforcement, Parks and Tourism.Department History:1905 – Fish and game laws were organized under the Kansas Fish and Game Department and implementation of a state law requiring a license to hunt.1911 – The State Fish and Game Department was placed under the supervision of the University of Kansas Board of Regents1925 – The Fish and Game Department was reorganized as the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission with three board members appointed by the Governor.1927 – Commission was reorganized and was given approval to organize a warden service

Fishing licenses required of men 18-70.1939 – Commission's three-member board was abolished by the legislature and replaced by a six-member bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor1943 – Legislature gives the commission full authority to set seasons and dates1955 – The legislature and Gov

Fred Hall create the State Park and Resources Authority.1960 – First Kansas boating laws enacted1987 – Gov

Mike Hayden signs executive order merging the State Park and Resources Authority and Fish and Game Commission to create the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks2011 – Gov

Sam Brownback signs executive order moving the Division of Tourism from the Department of Commerce to the newly renamed Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and TourismOA_show(58);Leave a Comment No Comments Cancel replyYour email address will not be published

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