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Governor Sam Brownback has announced the creation of a steering committee to develop and promote outdoor tourism activities in Kansas.
The governor announced the appointments to the Kansas Ecotourism Steering Committee during a news conference Wednesday in Wichita at the Great Plains Nature Center.
The governor said the state has opportunities for hiking trails, stopping points on the Kansas Turnpike for hiking and biking and other outdoor activities.
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison joined the governor for the announcement. He said more states are looking at ways to promote the outdoors. He said as the state becomes more urban, it will be more important to introduce people to the outdoors and the state's natural resources.
Jennison said that will help Kansans appreciate their natural resources, and that will lead to more conservation efforts.
The 16-member committee is expected to have a set of recommendations for the governor by January.
(in photo at left, Governor Sam Brownback speaks at news conference with Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison, right)