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Ex-Natural Resources leaders urge Walker not to split agency Submitted: 01/11/2017
Ex-Natural Resources leaders urge Walker not to split agency
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - A group of former Department of Natural Resources secretaries is urging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and legislators to reject a proposal to divide the agency and spread its responsibilities across state government.

Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow has proposed splitting the DNR into a new Department of Fish and Wildlife and a new Department of Environmental Protection. Three existing agencies would assume responsibility for forestry, park, and land acquisition.

On Tuesday, the former secretaries sent a letter to Walker and legislators warning that the move would confuse the public, create a coordination nightmare between a number of new supervisors who would need compensation, as well as force environmental groups and outdoor clubs to deal with five agencies rather than one.

Jarchow and Walker's offices didn't immediately return messages asking for comment.

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