By Terry Kovarik
The 2018 summer vacation season is nearing an end. But the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is already looking to 2019 operations at state parks, including the five in Door County. After putting conservation wardens in charge of law enforcement in the parks, the D-N-R is bringing back park rangers to handle those duties. The shift of conservation wardens was initially expected to be more cost effective. But Director of Parks and Recreation Management Ben Bergey says when that move was reassessed; it was decided to restore the rangers’ positions.
The D-N-R found that shifting wardens to various state parks many times involved extensive driving and overnight accommodations. So reauthorizing the rangers’ law enforcement credentials just made sense.