Hickenlooper wants to consolidate wildlife, parks | SummitDaily.com

Hickenlooper wants to consolidate wildlife, parks

DENVER (AP) – Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to consolidate the Division of Wildlife and the parks divisions in the state’s Department of Natural Resources to help the state balance its budget.

Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, a Republican from Sterling, told The Associated Press that he and Hickenlooper will announce details of the plan Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol.

Sonnenberg says the Division of Wildlife, which regulates hunting and fishing, already regulates fishing at 38 of 41 state parks. It also regulates hunting at 31 parks.

The governor says the streamlining will improve customer service and preserve “critical programs.”

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