In an effort to cut state expenses, a merger is proposed between Colorado's State Parks Division and the Division of Wildlife. This kind of initiative is not as controversial as cutting school budgets or raising taxes. The idea is to unite the two divisions, making a single more efficient management division. Staff and equipment could be more efficiently allocated.
The proposal is not welcomed by some. There is concern that the two divisions have members who would have difficulty joining forces. How would the merger affect the wilderness experience that some have grown to love? The philosophies of the two groups are also different. State Parks have been known to favor the backpacking and camping crowd. Division of Wildlife is in charge of regulating hunting and fishing activities.
In Larimer County, the merged agency, to be called the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, would manage a major DOW service center, about 24 state wildlife areas and three state parks, including Lory, Boyd Lake and Colorado State Forest State Parks.
The bill sailed through the state senate and will receive its first hearing in the state House of Representatives on Monday.