state parks http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Senate Debates State Park Fee Distribution http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/senate-debates-state-park-fee-distribution <p>The Wyoming Senate has given initial support to a bill that would allow State Parks to use entrance fees on things besides major building projects.&nbsp; But not everyone loves the idea.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br />Senate Majority Floor Leader Phil Nicholas of Laramie said it&nbsp;was difficult to raise park fees to pay for important capital construction and major maintenance&nbsp; projects&nbsp;and argued that it would be wrong to use the money for another purpose.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:54:27 +0000 Bob Beck 53901 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Senate Debates State Park Fee Distribution State parks could feel the pinch of budget cuts http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/state-parks-could-feel-pinch-budget-cuts <div _fallwcm="1" class="bdyItmPrt" id="divBdy"><div><div><p>If Governor Matt Mead&rsquo;s eight percent budget cuts go through, Wyoming&rsquo;s state parks would have to make significant cuts in services and staffing. Milward Simpson is the Director of the Department of Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, and he says every state park would be affected.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:18:35 +0000 Madison Williams 27880 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net State parks could feel the pinch of budget cuts Fire ban leads to drop in park visitors http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/fire-ban-leads-drop-park-visitors <p>Wyoming&rsquo;s state parks are getting fewer visitors than usual, and park officials say it&rsquo;s probably because of the ban on campfires.</p><p>State Parks Chief of Operations Bill Westerfield says the decline in visitors will mean less money will be available for future improvements at parks and historic sites.</p><p>&ldquo;The user fees &ndash; camping and day use fees &ndash; go into an enterprise account, and we use that money to build new facilities and to conduct major maintenance on the facilities we have,&rdquo; Westerfield said.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:43:30 +0000 Willow Belden 27828 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Fire ban leads to drop in park visitors