Political and commission questions I'll leave for someone else to touch. As for keeping track of residents vs non-residents, I have 4685 acres that I manage myself. I have seasonal help mostly in the summer. We had permits for 9 years that took 7% of my time to manage and none of that time did one thing for habitat or infrastructure. There are well over a dozen entry points for our users and about 16 miles to drive all the roads. I don't consider keeping track of that as a priority when I still have many habitat and infrastructure shortcomings to address. When I started here, there was probably over 90% surrounding county users. That has shifted some with the out-of-state deer permits. However, I would still say we are dominated by neighboring counties.Well, that's something - at least I used to be right. To a point. Until recently.
You are a great cheerleader for the organization at all levels, but my jury is still out.
What does "doing" federal aid consist of? Not sure that will serve as a substitute for effective budget planning, execution and oversight - though it may help gloss over some of the Departmental management and leadership shortcomings. Just a guess, as facts have proven to be elusive things in this regard. Some transparency might help dispel my misgivings. I didn't get a lot of good vibes from the organization's "face" (the Commission). Have they reformed themselves, as well?
Curiosity question. Do you keep stats on the number of residents vs non-residents who take advantage of the Byran Walker resource? Being near Wichita, I'd expect the numbers to be skewed toward residents.