DNR Bringing Back Park Rangers
The DNR is already changing plans on a state parks policy that is less than a year old. The agency is turning back to using credentialed park rangers for law enforcement functions at park and state recreational areas. One-hundred and twenty park rangers had their credentials pulled under a realignment plan earlier this year, turning the job over the conservation wardens. But the wardens were required to travel across the state for duties – racking up costs for lodging, meals, gas, and overtime. The change is expected to save the agency between $1.5-$2 million in annual enforcement costs.