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Input sought on parks and wildlife merger

Daily News staff report

Last week, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission discussed a range of issues related to the merger of the state’s formerly separate parks and wildlife agencies to create the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. The merger became effective July 1.

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is currently taking comment on the development of a unified agency mission, the composition of the permanent Parks and Wildlife Commission, achieving full consolidation of the two divisions and other suggestions for making the new agency more efficient and effective.

The deadline for the initial round of comments is July 29.

In the coming months, Department of Natural Resources director Mike King, new director of Parks and Wildlife Rick Cables, and the Parks and Wildlife Commission will explore alternatives to complete the merger. Already, a transition team of employees and 10 employee working groups are evaluating agency functions from field operations to capital development and real estate to customer service in order to identify options for consolidation and improvement.

Timelines for decisions, as well as the request for public input, are posted on the web at:

Public input on the merger may be submitted by input via email to: Comments may also be mailed to: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, ATTN: Transition Team, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 718, Denver, CO 80203.

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