State unveils logo for newly merged parks, wildlife agencies
The first visible sign of the merger between the state divisions of parks and wildlife was revealed this week with the introduction of the revamped Colorado Parks and Wildlife logo.
The new logo maintains many of the characteristics of the Division of Wildlife logo, including retaining what many viewers consider the icon of the state wildlife agency, an image of a bighorn sheep.
The new design replaces the familiar words “Colorado Division of Wildlife” with the words “Colorado Parks Wildlife” encircling the sheep.
A new background design shows a horizon of green mountains (formerly brown) and a representational image of water, either a lake or river, in the mid-background flowing around the sheep image.
The new insignia is undergoing what’s known as a “soft rollout,” meaning it gradually will supplant thousands of decals now visible on uniforms, vehicles and signs around the state.
State officials did not respond to requests for the cost of replacing the countless signs, but the costs will be absorbed in the overall cost of merging the two agencies.
The last time such an agency-wide insignia replacement was accomplished was in 1972 when the then-Colorado Department of Game, Fish and Parks, under then-Director Harry R. Woodward, split into the Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
The agencies officially merged into Colorado Parks and Wildlife under legislation that took effect July 1, but details of how the merger will be carried out to maximize agency efficiency and effectiveness still are being worked out.
A plan directing the merger is being developed by a 12-member transition team with six members from the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation and six from the Division of Wildlife.