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Dept. of Fish & Wildlife to hold forums seeking feedback from paddle sports community

In Local, News, State by OC Monitor Staff

Ohio County Trail Town Task Force chairman Treg Ward, right, and Chad Hart in their kayaks on the Rough River at the Dundee-Narrows bridge river access point. (Photo by Dustin Bratcher/OC Monitor)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct public meetings across the state June 5 and June 6 to solicit feedback from the paddle sports community.

“We want to hear from the paddling community – and we will use this input to shape our paddling program going forward,” said Gregory Johnson, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The meetings will address access, boater safety and other aspects of paddling.

“We are seeking to engage paddlers and learn more about the paddling community,” said Paul Wilkes, fisheries program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “Kentucky’s paddlers are as diverse as the waters they traverse. They are whitewater kayakers, stand up paddleboard enthusiasts, canoeists, flatwater kayakers and anglers who fish from a kayak.”

The meeting in Bowling Green would be the closest for anyone in Ohio County interested in attending. It will be held at the Barren River Area Development District Office at 177 Graham Ave.

All meetings will run from 6-8 p.m. local time. All meetings are open to the public.

June 5 meetings

London

University of Kentucky Extension Office
200 County Extension Road

Morehead

Morehead Conference Center
West Collins Hall Room
111 East 1st St.

Bowling Green

Barren River Area Development District Office
177 Graham Ave.

June 6 meetings

Gilbertsville

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
113 Upper Village Dr.

Louisville

Sawyer Hayes Community Center
2201 Lakeland Road

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