DNR received $120,000 from the legislature last session for the Guide Concession Program (GCP), but none of it was specifically earmarked to hire any new staff.
So DNR is now going to contract out via competitive bidding process for a private entity to work with them on moving forward. The bid process should be public down the line.
DNR will still (as far as I have heard) be the agency that will review all the GCP comments and recommendations sent in.
It's going to be very interesting to see just who applies to be involved in this on the private side, and who eventually the contract is awarded to <grin>.