DNR Expands Counter Service

The state Department of Natural Resources plans to expand hours at its service centers.

Agency officials said the longer hours will be phased in center by center. Hours will increase 40 percent statewide by the time the phase-in wraps up later this winter.

Former Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration reduced the centers’ hours to save on costs. Some facilities were open as little as one or two days a week as DNR staffers rotated from center to center.

A spokesman said the DNR was able to increase the hours by filling six vacant positions elsewhere in the agency and moving those employees to the centers. The agency also used money saved by eliminating center-to-center travel to hire 10 more center workers.