Sunday, April 22, 2012
Unseasonably warm weather for the first three months of the year has resulted in a big revenue increase for the state's parks department.
Wildlife and Parks Department Secretary Robin Jennison says January through March was the most lucrative start to a year in recent memory for the department. Parks director Linda Lanterman says revenues went up in February, alone, from just over $78,000 in 2011 to more than $261,000 this year.
Things could change if the warming trend continues through the summer. Fisheries chief Doug Nygren says waterways in some areas were devastated last summer by unusually hot weather. He says a repeat of that could be a problem for fish like the walleye that can't survive for long in water above 84 degrees.