File photo, Wyoming Wildlife magazine (WGFD)

File photo, Wyoming Wildlife magazine (WGFD)

CHEYENNE – As part of its ongoing efforts to recognize budget and staffing efficiencies, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) 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(a full-color 48-page magazine) and Wyoming Wildlife News (a 12- to 16-page tabloid-style newspaper). Beginning in January 2014, 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 per year. Significant efficiencies and cost-savings have been identified within Wyoming Wildlife’s budget, that, when combined with the budget formerly allocated toWyoming 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 longtimeWyoming Wildlife editor have reduced the number of full-time employees within the WGFD publications section from three to one.

 Since its creation in 1991, Wyoming Wildlife News has been free to readers at license-selling agents (and a small combination subscriber base with Wyoming Wildlife magazine), its production costs subsidized by WGFD. As more WGFD constituents choose to receive information at wgfd.wyo.gov and by email (choose “Stay connected” in the left-hand column of wgfd.wyo.gov), Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, distribution of such information in a free printed publication becomes less important.

–WGFD