Credit: Colorado Division of Wildlife Press Release
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/.