A recent online article by The Active Times ranks three Kansas state parks amid “36 Stunning U.S. State Parks.” The media group said they considered about 7,500 U.S. state parks for the article.
Kanopolis State Park was ranked as the nation’s 14th best park. Scott Lake State Park was 23rd and Wilson State Park 34th. All three are lake-based state parks amid the prairies of central and western Kansas.
“It’s at those prairie parks where you can get a true vista, and they are three of our prettiest state parks,” said Robin Jennison, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism secretary. “I’m not surprised because our parks are of that kind of quality but I am surprised, and happy, our parks are getting that kind of attention from somebody not in Kansas.”
To see the article go to theactivetimes.com/36-stunning-us-state-parks.
One of the biggest bills initially would have mandated illegally-killed animals be given to landowners. Tymeson said that could have led to privatization of wildlife in Kansas. It currently belongs to the public. As a compromise, the legislature passed a bill that allows Wildlife and Parks the choice of offering such wildlife to the landowner or to destroy it. Neither was a legal option previously.
“I think it’s certainly better than the original proposal,” Tymeson said. “It does give the department more options of how to dispose of evidence of a crime.”
Until recently evidence, such as antlers could be sold or used for educational purposes.