Rangers to return to Wisconsin parks

Wisconsin plans to return rangers to patrol its state parks.©Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to end a program using conservation wardens for law enforcement in state parks and return to the use of park rangers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the department removed the credentials of 120 park rangers earlier this year in favor of wardens, but the program resulted in increased expenses as wardens crisscrossed the state to assume their posts. The change is expected to save the department $1.5 to $2 million and return “significantly fewer” than the 120 positions cut, the Journal Sentinel reports. Credentialed rangers are expected to begin returning next year.

Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.