Outdoors with the Commissioner

Commissioner Johnson loves to be outdoors and enjoys interacting with the employees and our sportsmen and women. Here are a few pictures that show the great memorable experiences the Commissioner experiences with folks while he is out in the state.

 

Finally got to float Green River below Green River Lake on Labor Day for smallmouth.
What a gem of a free flowing river. Caught some nice smallmouth and red eyes.
Only flipped canoe once. Bite was on crawfish colored tube jigs. Many thanks to friends
Jeff Sole, Jim Aldrich, and Jackson Watts. Pictured are Jeff and Jackson as we pulled out of the river.
This trip should be on every serious fisherman's list.


Pulaski County 4-H students learning about a black rat snake
KDFWR Booth, Kentucky State Fair


Laser Shot fun at the Kentucky State Fair

 
 


Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Gregory Johnson (far left) with Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Project Leader James Gray and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Commander Lt. Col. John Hudson released rainbow trout into Hatchery Creek following the Aug. 8, 2014 groundbreaking for the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program project below Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown. The project, in the planning stages for nearly five years, is expected to take six months to complete. “This careful planning was intended to restore healthy stream and wetland habitat for fish and wildlife, a scenic destination for visitors, creating what I always call ‘memorable moments’ and a new fishing opportunity for anglers,” Johnson said. “The Cumberland River is well known for high quality fish and wildlife habitat throughout its basin, and I would contend that you’re looking at the greatest trout fishery in the nation.”

 
Commissioner Johnson at Hatchery Creek
   Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Gregory Johnson (left), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Commander Lt. Col. John Hudson (center) and Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Project Leader James Gray sign a memorandum of agreement on Aug. 8, 2014 for the nearly mile-and-a-quarter-long restoration of Hatchery Creek, an in-lieu fee program wetlands and stream restoration project just below the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown.
Commissioner Johnson at Hatchery Creek
In his remarks during the Aug. 8, 2014 groundbreaking for the project that will restore stream and wetland habitat in Hatchery Creek below Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Gregory Johnson said, “We are extremely excited to reach this point. This project is an opportunity unlike any other project we’ve undertaken. Not only will it eliminate sediment entering the Cumberland River, it will restore stream and wetland habitat in an area that is already enjoyed by numerous visitors, campers and trout anglers each year.”


Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Gregory Johnson (far left)
alongside Ninth District Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Chris Godby,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Commander Lt. Col. John Hudson,
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery Project Leader James Gray and Eric DaWalt of RidgeWater
as they break ground Aug. 8, 2014 on the Kentucky Wetland and Stream Mitigation Program project
below Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown.
 
Clay WMA
Commissioner Johnson was out toward Clay WMA and is stopped by Officer
William Earlywine at a local minute mart -- turns out for a friendly visit -- no violations this time :)
Bobcat at Clay WMA  
KDFWR owned bobcat with a tree shearer attachment at Clay WMA.
Nathan Gregory and Brian Wagoner
Nathan Gregory and Brian Wagoner of Clay WMA explain small game habitat enhancement using the bobcat and tree shearer attachment on Commissioner Johnson's recent visit
 
 
David Baker with Commissioner Johnson
Waaay past quitting time, David Baker caught in the act by Commissioner Johnson as he unloads equipment after a full day of darter sampling on Green River.
Matt Thomas and Stephanie Brandt
Along with David Baker were also Matt Thomas and Stephanie Brandt (Environmental Section Fisheries Division) as they spent some time explaining their sampling efforts for darters on Green River.
 
 

 

 

Center for Mollusk Conservation
Center for Mollusk Conservation staff members (L to R) Travis Bailey, Adam Shepard, and
Christopher Owen taking measurements on two propagated endangered mussels, the Cumberland bean,
and the Cumberlandian combshell. Commissioner Johnson, AFWA Executive Director Ron Regan,
and MAFWA affiliate Ollie Torgerson recently made a visit to the CMC where they observed
staff raising and caring for some of the rarest animals in the world.

 
Commissioner Johnson and Rick Mauro
Commissioner Johnson and Rick Mauro (pictured right) the Northeast Region Public Lands Biologist, interrupt Dennis Boggs, Fish and Wildlife Foreman at Grayson Lake WMA, working with equipment to clear trees and brush to create better small game habitat.
 
Prime elk habitat in Martin County, KY
Prime Elk Habitat in Martin County, KY.   I recently visited eastern KY to meet with some of our coal operator friends on elk habitat availability for hunters. 
I was very encouraged on how the meetings went. They are doing great things for Elk.
 

 

 

Commissioner Johnson at Camp Webb
I had a great visit at Camp Webb with Camp Manager Jack Lee and his outstanding staff. 
Here we are pictured with many of the happy campers. Great job to all our camp personnel,
you are touching a lot of lives with your dedication and enthusiasm.

 

 

 

Commissioner Johnson at Camp Webb
While I was at Camp Webb, Alan Osuch and his wife stopped by for a visit and
presented a $500 check to the KY F&W Foundation for work at Camp Webb. 
The check was presented on behalf of a fundraiser by O Such Tri-State Race Planner
(they organize 5K and 10K Road Race Fundraisers). This was a great gesture and
much appreciated. Senator Robin Webb was also visiting and joined the picture
(left to right Commissioner Johnson, Mrs. Osuch, Alan Osuch, and Senator Webb).