June 9, 2011

The State of Idaho's Parks

Ririe Resevoir in Bonneville County

Joan Cartan-Hansen interviews Nancy Merrill, director of Idaho's Department of Parks and Recreation. Merrill discusses how Idaho's state parks are faring one year after Gov. Butch Otter and state legislators dramatically cut the department's funding.

Merrill explains the changes in how state parks are managed and what visitors can expect. And she describes new rules for operators of off-highway vehicles and the department's efforts to raise awareness of "nature deficit disorder" among young people.