Is this something you have tabs on? Below is an action alert from another group on the subject.
Washington Recreation & Park Association *Press Release* [image:
> *Dear Jody,*
> WRPA members please act now!
> *We are asking you respectfully contact your legislator with the following
> message. Feel free to tailor it for sending to your Senators and
> Represenatatives with how this would impact you locally.*
> The 2010 Supplemental Operating Budget (SSB 6444) developed by the Senate
> contains a provision in Section 308(32) that would force the merger of
> Washington State Parks and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and their
> respective Commissions, into the Department of Natural Resources.
> SSB 6444 is expected to pass out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee today
> and could be considered on the Senate Floor as early as Saturday.
> While we understand the significant financial challenges confronting the
> state, and the desire to achieve operational efficiencies, we would
> respectfully ask that this budget provision be removed or modified
> The Section 308(32) language is an outgrowth of Senate Bill 6813, which
> received a Senate hearing but did not advance. At the hearing, the
> proponents of this legislation spoke about achieving operational and
> administrative efficiencies between the natural resource agencies - which
> makes sense and can be done NOW, without a consolidation or merger of any
> The budget provision also would force the joining of agencies that in some
> cases, have differing statutory missions and roles. Washington State Parks
> manages a number of urban recreation facilities and also has a
> recently-adopted license fee program enacted by the Legislature to keep
> State Parks open to the public.
> Simply merging these functions into an agency (DNR) that has never had to
> manage them, and has little understanding of them, presents significant
> policy problems and could well result in these efforts being subsumed by
> other priorities that the DNR is more familiar with.
> Additionally, the budget provision in Section 308(32) calls for three
> agencies to develop a plan, by July 1, to implement a full consolidation.
> Expecting such a plan within four months, from three state natural resource
> agencies, is unrealistic - something even the DNR emphasized in its
> testimony on SB 6813. Further, promised 'savings' from this provision,
> particularly in the current biennium, may very well not materialize.
> At a time when the economy is hurting and more and more people are taking
> advantage of their local, regional, and state parks as a recreational
> outlet, we are concerned that it would be a mistake to merge Washington
> State Parks into another agency.
> We, again, would respectfully request that this provision either be removed
> entirely, or significantly rewritten to direct the three natural resource
> agencies to achieve operational efficiencies and administrative cost
> reductions to the maximum extent practicable - something they already are
> under way in pursuing as a result of an Executive Order by Governor
> Christine Gregoire.