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Idaho parks could see fewer state tax dollars in the next state budget, though its total spending plan could increase slightly due to an increased use of fees on visitors and recreational vehicle (RV) campers. The shift is part of a new business model by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) to depend less on state funding, due…

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) has taken some of the largest proportional hits in state funding as the economy has dwindled, and director Nancy Merrill said the agency is looking to adapt to a new funding and business model. Merrill compared the changes to one potential activity in state parks, boating. “We plugged a hole in our…

Idaho State Parks, brought to you by ... The North Face? Columbia Sportswear? REI? With backup cash dwindling and no new income streams in sight, the state might sign a corporate sponsor to stave off park closures. "We're trying to get very creative in the way that we survive here," Nancy Merrill, state Parks and Recreation Department director, told IdahoReporter.com…

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) will need to find a new way of doing business with significantly less state support. Idaho parks will see 20 percent less money in the next budget set by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee Monday. That includes a 79 percent reduction in state general fund support. Parks director Nancy Merrill said the reduction…

Gov. Butch Otter refuted criticism that he wants to cut funding to public schools and eliminate several state agencies in a news release issued Friday afternoon. Otter singled out newspaper columnists, saying they "consider facts little more than obstacles to be overcome." Democrats in the Legislature and gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred have also said Otter and Republicans have a pessimistic…

The Idaho Parks and Recreation Board has directed staff to come up with a plan in the next month for reopening Dworshak State Park near Orofino in north central Idaho. The park closed last year and has been a sticking point with some lawmakers deciding the future of state parks. Parks director Nancy Merrill told lawmakers Friday that the park…

A longtime member of the Idaho Parks and Recreation Board told lawmakers she will follow the new plan to reduce state funding and staff, as well as seek out more public/private partnerships to keep parks open. Democrat Jean McDevitt of Pocatello has served on the park board since 1997, and was reappointed last year by Gov. Butch Otter to another…

Idaho parks director Nancy Merrill said it won’t be easy to end general fund spending for parks, but she’s working with stakeholders to make it happen. “This is not fluff or extra money,” Merrill said about the proposed $4.5 million reduction in state spending to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation in the next budget.  “We are down to…

Sen. Gary Schroeder, R-Moscow, has introduced a plan that could turn the Idaho Parks and Recreation Board into an advisory committee, and give the board's full power to parks director Nancy Merrill.  Schroeder said he won't move forward with the plan if Merrill is able to enact the changes to parks announced in a news conference last week.  Merrill and…

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will not be eliminated, but will see funding reductions and layoffs, according to Gov. Butch Otter. He and parks director Nancy Merrill presented some changes Friday to Otter's original plan to merge parks with the Department of Lands and Department of Fish and Game. Under the plan, no state parks would close, but…