Found an interesting breakdown of possible budget cuts (inevitable) at the IDNR on capitalfax.blogspot.com.
Click here to read it.
Three things struck me.
One, that dam safety program is one that could have been cut long before this. Two, ditto for E.N.T.I.C.E., something that can be done in other places or with something other than public funds.
Third, and most importantly, somebody (a governor or IDNR director) needs to have the courage to do battle so volunteers can do basic maintenance work.
That's bugged a lot of us for a long time.
With tradesmen running at better than 10 percent unemployed statewide, basic fixing-up like working on wooden bridges, picnic tables, trails and brush removal could be done if regulations allowed.
And I am not pointing fingers at this administration. Nobody has been willing to fight that battle to allow major use of volunteers in maintenance issues.
I understand when money is flowing into the state coffers, nobody will have the stomach to fight for the right of voluenteers to help at the IDNR.
But in tight times like these is exactly when that battle should be fought, the battle to allow use of volunteer tradesmen within the public sites administered by the IDNR.
Now is the time.