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WGFD combines publications

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports

As part of its ongoing efforts to recognize budget and staffing efficiencies, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will merge two of its publications.

For the past 23 years, the department has published 18 issues of general-interest wildlife publications under the titles Wyoming Wildlife and Wyoming Wildlife News.

Beginning in January, the department will reduce to 12 issues the number of publications it produces, and release all 12 issues under the title Wyoming Wildlife. Wyoming Wildlife will remain a general-interest magazine primarily reader-supported through subscriptions, but incorporate editorial elements from Wyoming Wildlife News.

In 2013, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission reduced the budget for the magazine, resulting in a reduction of costs and, initially, a recommendation to publish six issues a year. Significant efficiencies and cost-savings have been identified within Wyoming Wildlife's budget, that, when combined with the budget formerly allocated to Wyoming Wildlife News, allow for continued publication of 12 issues a year.

In addition, the reassignment of one employee during WGFD reorganization in June 2013 and the retirement of the longtime Wyoming Wildlife editor have reduced the number of full-time employees within the WGFD publications section from three to one.

As more WGFD constituents choose to receive information electronically, distribution of such information in a free printed publication becomes less important.

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