The Legislature's budget committee will soon consider Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut about one-third of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' budgeted science positions.
The cuts target the Bureau of Science Services, the arm of the DNR charged with conducting research to help the agency make informed decisions on issues ranging from wildlife management to pollution. The bureau currently has 59 budgeted positions. Under Walker's proposal, 18 of those would be eliminated.
Bureau scientists have been responsible for a wide range of projects around the state in carrying out their research mission over the years.