In June of 2012, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback performed the honors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new segment of the Flint Hills Nature Trail:

Gov. Sam Brownback cuts the ribbon on the Flint Hills Nature Trail, Sat., June 9 at the Symphony in the Flint Hlls concert site with Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy board members Frank Meyer, Owen Harbison and Scott Allen.

Gov. Sam Brownback cuts the ribbon on the Flint Hills Nature Trail, Sat., June 9 at the Symphony in the Flint Hlls concert site with Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy board members Frank Meyer, Owen Harbison and Scott Allen.

Governor Brownback cuts the ribbon at the ceremony in support of the Flint Hills nature trail. (Photo by Erin Snodgrass/Flint Hills Media Project)

Governor Brownback cuts the ribbon at the ceremony in support of the Flint Hills nature trail. (Photo by Erin Snodgrass/Flint Hills Media Project)

President of the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, Doug Walker of Osawatomie, speaks with Gov. Sam Brownback about the nearly complete Flint Hills Nature Trail, Sat. June 9 at the Symphony in the Flint Hills concert.

President of the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy, Doug Walker of Osawatomie, speaks with Gov. Sam Brownback about the nearly complete Flint Hills Nature Trail, Sat. June 9 at the Symphony in the Flint Hills concert.

Gov. Sam Brownback talks with Ed Lincoln of Wichita about the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy and the Flint Hills Nature Trail at the Symphony in the Flint Hills concert, Sat. June 9.

Gov. Sam Brownback talks with Ed Lincoln of Wichita about the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy and the Flint Hills Nature Trail at the Symphony in the Flint Hills concert, Sat. June 9.

Gov. Sam Brownback looks at the Flint Hills and Landon Nature Trails maps with Frank Meyer, Ed Lincoln, Owen Harbison and Doug Walker, board members on the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy and supporters of the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

Gov. Sam Brownback looks at the Flint Hills and Landon Nature Trails maps with Frank Meyer, Ed Lincoln, Owen Harbison and Doug Walker, board members on the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy and supporters of the Flint Hills Nature Trail.

KRTC President Doug Walker reports:

A big thank-you to all the volunteers who made our trail and organization look great yesterday. A special thanks to Scott Allen for taking the lead on this. Many hours of work went into this, but we will see the fruits of Scott’s labor in the years to come.

The governor promoted the trail on three different occasions: Ribbon cutting on the trail, a talk to the Patrons and sponsors, and again from the stage prior to the start of the concert. With the recent articles in the Wichita Eagle and Emporia Gazette, the governor and our talking to literally thousands of people yesterday, our trail received more positive publicity than at any time in our history.”

Scott Allen, Kanza Vice-president reports: “Today was awesome, to say the least. It exceeded my expectations. The governor dedicated most of his speech in the Patrons tent to the Flint Hills Nature Trail. He is fully and completely supportive of what we are doing and did a ribbon-cutting of the new section of the trail. The support he has given us and his decision to combine wildlife and parks with tourism are by far the two best things any politician has ever done for us. Today was a turning point for us and a new day has dawned. [read more]

All photos courtesy of Governor Brownback’s Facebook page.

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