Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

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Kansas Department of
Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
(KDWPT)
Seal of Kansas.svg
Agency overview
JurisdictionKansas
Headquarters1020 S. Kansas
Topeka, Kansas
Coordinates: 39°02′44″N 95°40′33″W / 39.045631°N 95.675873°W / 39.045631; -95.675873
Employees420
Agency executives
  • Robin Jennison, Secretary of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
  • Jerry Younger[1], Deputy Secretary for Engineering and State Transportation Engineer
Parent agencyState of Kansas
WebsiteKDWPT Website
Rock formation at Mushroom Rock State Park, Kansas (1916)[2]

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) is a state cabinet-level agency. It is led by a Secretary of Wildlife and Parks appointed by the Governor of Kansas.[3] The Office of the Secretary is in Topeka. A seven-member, bipartisan commission, also appointed by the Governor, advises the Secretary and approves regulations about outdoor recreation and fish and wildlife in Kansas.[3] KDWPT has about 420 full-time employees in five divisions: Executive Services, Administrative Services, Fisheries and Wildlife, Law Enforcement, and Parks.[3] At full staffing, KDWPT Law Enforcement Division (Kansas Game Wardens) has 83 positions.[4]

History[change | change source]

Fish and game laws were started in the state of Kansas in the form of the Kansas Fish and Game Department in 1905.[5] On July 1, 2011, the Division of Travel and Tourism was given from the Kansas Department of Commerce to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The agency is known as the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Executive Staff Accessed 3 April 2009
  2. Darton, N.H. 1916. Guidebook of the Western United States: Part C - The Santa Fe Route, With a Side Trip to Grand Canyon of the Colorado. U.S. Geological Survey. Bulletin 613, 194 pp. (See Plate 3-A)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 State of Kansas. "About KDWP". Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Archived from the original on 22 April 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  4. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. "Law Enforcement Division Overview". ksoutdoors.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  5. State of Kansas. "Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Timeline". Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  6. "Kansas Tourism Joins Wildlife And Parks | Outdoor Wire". www.theoutdoorwire.com. Retrieved May 22, 2019.

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