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CO: Commission to get Budget and Merger Update

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will
receive merger and budget updates at its monthly meeting in Alamosa
on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The one-day meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. at The Inn
of the Rio Grande at 333 Santa Fe Avenue in Alamosa.

Staffs from the Department of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks
and Wildlife are scheduled to provide Commissioners with an update
on work being done by employee teams established to develop
alternatives to implement the merger. The agencies were officially
merged into Colorado Parks and Wildlife under legislation that took
effect July 1 but details of how the merger will be carried out to
maximize agency efficiency and effectiveness are still being worked
out. Drafts of the merger plan will be presented for public input
and review prior to the 2012 session of the Colorado General
Assembly.

The Department of Natural Resources has set up a website to provide
information and gather public input on the merger. That site can be
accessed at http://dnr.state.co.us/DPW/Pages/Default.aspx.

Budget staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife will also present
information regarding a budget oversight that lead to the former
Wildlife Commission committing money beyond the reserve balance
required by Commission policy. The budget error did not result in
any inappropriate spending or loss of funds for the agency but it
did lead the Commission to believe it had more than sufficient
reserves for future projects, when in fact the reserve money was
less than estimated. Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Executive Director Mike King has asked for a legislative audit of
the situation to guarantee that budget projection problems do not
occur in the future and the public can be assured that hunting and
fishing funds have been properly handled.

A complete agenda for the August meeting can be viewed by clicking
on the “Agenda” link at
http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/Archives/2011/Aug182011.htm.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meets monthly and
travels to communities around the state to facilitate public
participation in its processes. The Commission is a 14-member board
appointed by the governor to set policies and regulations for
Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Members of the public who are unable to attend Commission meetings
or workshops can listen to the proceedings through a link on the
Division of Wildlife website. To access the live audio feed during
the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom
of the Commission webpage at:
http://wildlife.state.co.us/ParksWildlifeCommission/.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:
http://wildlife.state.co.us.

 

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