CORONAVIRUS: Kansas Department of Wildlife Park and Tourism reporting rise in state land use during pandemic Featured

CORONAVIRUS: Kansas Department of Wildlife Park and Tourism reporting rise in state land use during pandemic KDWPT Logo

While the coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected operations for numerous organizations in the past month, the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism is managing to thrive during this unprecedented time.

That's according to KDWPT Secretary Brad Loveless, a recent guest of KVOE's Talk of Emporia. Loveless says the use of state parks, public lands, lakes and trails have risen significantly over the past several weeks.

Loveless credits this to Governor Laura Kelly's recommendation for residents to continue getting out for exercise and activity, with proper social distancing, even during the state-wide-stay home order.

 

Loveless adds residents do not have to travel a great distance either as there are numerous parks, trails and lakes to take advantage of close to home all around the state.

With usage at an all-time high Loveless was sad to say the department has had to postpone certain programs and activities which tend to garner a large amount of attendance each year.

 

Loveless adds as the department is fee-funded and with a possible drop in license purchases as well as a decrease of non-Kansas residents traveling to the state for fishing and hunting the department is likely to take a large financial hit down the road. Just how significant that impact could be is unclear at this time.

If you would like more information on schedule adjustments or activities available during the ongoing pandemic please visit the KDWPT's website KSoutdoors.com.

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