From this story in the Denver Post:
_The state agencies that deal with parks and wildlife may soon be merged into a single division in an effort to save money, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday. Hickenlooper and Mike King, director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, said that should their plan get legislative approval, no one will lose their jobs ˜ but positions will be eliminated as employees retire or resign. The initial estimate is that consolidation would mean about 25 fewer state jobs. Because of the merger, Hickenlooper's proposal to repurpose state parks that were going to be closed in the current budget crisis is on hold.
_King said there is a "tremendous amount of overlap" between the Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks. "They provide recreational opportunity. They protect our lands, our habitat, our hunting and fishing opportunities," he said, adding that consolidation "should have been done a long time ago." Once the merger is complete, park users and anglers would be able to go to the same website to buy licenses, he said. But Rep. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, who retired from Boulder's open space program, isn't sure the consolidation is a good fit. "It would be like merging Wynkoop Brewery with Coors," he said. "They both brew beer, but their missions are different."