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Fish and Wildlife Resources cancels conservation camps; decision protects families from COVID-19

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will not offer its summer conservation camps this year due to the novel coronavirus. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm said. ”However, this is a necessary step we had to take to protect the health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff.” This decision was...

James Rich, Ky’s longest-serving Fish and Wildlife Commission member, passes away at age 92

Dr. James R. Rich, a retired family medical practitioner and Kentucky’s longest-serving Fish and Wildlife Commission member, has passed away at the age of 92. Nicknamed “Doc,” Rich was widely regarded for his sportsmanship and love of the outdoors. Appointed by eight successive governors, Rich represented the 5th Wildlife District in Northern Kentucky during a 36-year tenure that began in 1976. Dr....

Shawnee Park boat ramp project will provide Kentucky access to Ohio River in Louisville

One of Louisville’s signature parks is adding a new feature certain to draw more visitors to the area and enhance the opportunity for the recreational enjoyment of the Ohio River. A public boat ramp and accompanying parking area planned for Shawnee Park will provide boaters with convenient river access below McAlpine Locks and Dam and the renowned Falls of the Ohio. On Friday, Kentucky Tourism, Arts...

New recipe card series — ‘Cook Wild Kentucky’ — to educate Kentuckians on how to prepare wild game

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are teaming up to raise awareness about “Cook Wild Kentucky,” a new recipe card series from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment aimed at educating Kentuckians on how to prepare wild game. “It is an unfortunate reality that 1 in 6 Kentuckians is food...

Rich Storm: This Father’s Day, take time to remember those dads who lost their lives in the line of duty

As a father, I cherish the memories already made with my two daughters and anticipate the milestones still ahead of them. (Left to right): Col. Eric Gibson, Karen Ratliff and Major Larry Estes at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 13 in Washington, D.C. Ratliff is the widow of the late Bernard Dean Ratliff. (Kentucky Fish and Wildlife photo) High school graduation. College graduation....

Carlisle native Rich Storm appointed Commissioner of Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Rich Storm, of Carlisle, has been appointed as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, replacing Frank Jemley of Louisville, who has served as the agency’s acting Commissioner since March 2018. “Rich Storm has been an exemplary leader in his time on the Fish and Wildlife Commission,” said Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Don Parkinson. “We...