Warm Weather Gives Boost To Kansas Parks Budget

By: AP Posted By Samantha Anderson
By: AP Posted By Samantha Anderson

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Unseasonably warm weather for the first
three months of the year has resulted in a big revenue increase for
the state's parks department.

Wildlife and Parks Department Secretary Robin Jennison says
January through March was the most lucrative start to a year in
recent memory for the department.

Parks director Linda Lanterman says revenues went up in
February, alone, from just over $78,000 in 2011 to more than
$261,000 this year.

But the Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/Jnn6u2) reports
things could change if the warming trend continues through the
summer.

Fisheries chief Doug Nygren says waterways in some areas were
devastated last summer by unusually hot weather. He says a repeat
of that could be a problem for fish like the walleye that can't
survive for long in water above 84 degrees.


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