Organization reinvention efforts

The ecosystem approach challenges DNR to redesign some of its basic organizational structures and operating principles. DNR organizational changes are focused on: improved design and use of integrated planning processes; greater budget flexibility to foster sharing of responsibility for common goals; and increased use of partnerships and frameworks to improve connections at all department levels and to citizens and communities. The following examples highlight reinvention activities:

Integrated Planning and Budgeting Study: Recommends reforms to achieve ecosystem-based budgeting through: 1) establishing a common schedule for budgeting and work planning throughout all DNR units, 2) creating a more flexible budget structure to support sustainable ecosystem decision-making, 3) improving accountability, and 4) helping regional and area staff share resources more effectively.

Regions 4 & 5 EBM Pilot Project: This legislative directive develops a "pilot project for implementation of a sustainable, multiple use natural resources management system, including budgeting, that is based on appropriate natural resource boundaries." This effort will provide greater flexibility to respond to ecosystem needs and increase accountability of local managers. The effort builds on established watershed and landscape projects that have created cooperative partnerships around environmental issues.

Consolidated Ecological Support: Department ecological staff and budget have been consolidated into the Ecological Resources Section within the Division of Fish and Wildlife as of July 1, 1996. This is designed to improve delivery of ecological information for the management of sustainable ecosystems.

Consolidated Office of Management and Budget: The Department will merge its Office of Planning with the Financial Management Bureau on July 1, 1997 The new unit will be an Office of Management and Budget and will work to improve integration of DNR planning and budgeting processes.

Environmental Review Study: Recommended actions include reassignment of some central office responsibilities to regional and area staff through formation of Regional Environmental Assessment Teams. Reforms will facilitate coordination and collaborative decision-making earlier in project planning and development resulting in better working relationships with local units of government.