Two new members appointed, Baker re-appointed to Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

Two new members appointed, Baker re-appointed to Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed 3 associates to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The Commission is a nine-man or woman citizen panel appointed by the governor to established plan for the Washington Section of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The Commission is comprised of 3 customers from western Washington, 3 from eastern Washington, and 3 “at-large” users who could reside anywhere in the condition. No two Fee users can reside in the very same county.

Steve Parker is appointed to an eastern Washington position. He is a retired fisheries biologist who invested much of his 45-year career with the Yakama Country and life in Yakima County.

“I am energized to provide in this placement,” Parker reported. “I’ve devoted my qualified career to fish and wildlife conservation and it is an honor to proceed to do so in this new role and utilize my experience to new challenges.”

Woodrow “Woody” Myers, Jr. is appointed to an at-large Washington position. He lives in Spokane County and retired from WDFW as an ungulate analysis biologist the place he worked for 40 a long time.  

“The Washington Section of Fish and Wildlife is a pivotal player in things to do that influence the good quality of lifetime of Washingtonians,” Myers explained. “It is definitely a privilege to be appointed, and I am eager to get started out on the important operate of the Commission. I appear ahead to furthering the use of science to set coverage directing fish and wildlife administration in our point out.”

In addition, Barbara Baker was re-appointed to the Commission to a western Washington situation. Baker was initially appointed to an at-big place to the Fee in January 2017. She is an lawyer who lives in Thurston County who retired from a prolonged job in the state Legislature to devote time and electricity to satisfy the necessities of this critical appointment. She served as Vice Chair of the Commission from January 2019 to March 2022 and Chair due to the fact 2022.

“I drastically value the opportunity to carry on to provide on the Fish and Wildlife Fee,” Baker said. “I am honored to proceed doing work with the people of Washington to preserve fish and wildlife species for generations to come. I also want to individually welcome the new commissioners — we have an crucial position, and I am thrilled to have a full Commission to move us into the new calendar year.”

“Our Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission shoulders numerous sophisticated and at times controversial troubles, and as the climate modifications, their tasks only increase,” Gov. Jay Inslee stated. “I am happy to welcome these three commissioners who will work challenging to help our condition defend and maintain its special and cherished fish and wildlife.”  

The two seats ended up earlier crammed by Dr. Don McIsaac who served as the Fish Committee Chair and held a western Washington place, and Dr. Kim Thorburn, who served as the Wildlife Committee Chair and held an japanese Washington position. Both of those outgoing commissioners have served on the Fish and Wildlife Fee given that 2017.

“I would like to thank Don McIsaac and Kim Thorburn for their professionalism and assistance these previous years,” Baker claimed. “I know I and my fellow commissioners have appreciated their views and in-depth know-how of fish and wildlife challenges across the point out. We will skip operating with them.”

Commissioners are appointed to 6-12 months phrases appointees are issue to affirmation by the state Senate, which is at the moment in session. On the other hand, users are official upon appointment and serve as voting customers on the Fee when awaiting Senate affirmation.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Fee is a panel appointed by the governor that sets policy for the WDFW. WDFW is effective to maintain, safeguard and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems even though providing sustainable fish and wildlife leisure and business opportunities.