It was only last August that the DNR posted a notice of how much it was cutting back on it’s website. Over 100 positions went vacant; huge cut backs have been made.
And now this morning, the Auditor General agrees with the DNR that even more drastic cuts will have to be made, especially if the current level of funding remains the same, or declines. (We still don’t have a state budget, you know.)
A more complete (text) list of the impacts is available at the MUCC (Michigan United Conservation Clubs) website, and it’s pretty amazing. Some highlights(?):
- Eliminate use of Great Lakes research vessels
- Close research station
- Reduce conservation officers
- Elimination of natural features inventory reviews
- Closure of at least 37 state parks and recreation areas and scenic sites
- Closure of 8 interpretative centers
- Elimination of general conservation law enforcement by conservation officers
- Reduce disease surveillance for bovine tuberculosis
When will the state realize that much of what is left of our economy is agricultural and tourism?
Not anytime soon, apparently :(