Governor Peter Shumlin has appointed a new member to the Fish & Wildlife Board, and has reappointed two members and the board chair.
Theresa Elmer of Northfield, VT has been appointed to represent Washington County, replacing Jeffrey Salvador, whose term has expired. Theresa runs Mountain Deer Taxidermy in Northfield with her husband Rodney Elmer. The couple says that they founded their business based on their personal love of hunting and fishing, and that Mountain Deer now boasts 20 years of combined taxidermy experience.
Governor Shumlin has reappointed Kevin Lawrence, of Orange County, and Peter Allard, of Franklin County, to the board. The Governor has also reappointed Brian Ames, of Windham County, to the position of board chair.
"We're very excited to have Theresa on board," said Ames. "She's very conservation-oriented and has been deeply involved with issues related to wildlife and the future of hunting in Vermont. She's an excellent choice."
The fourteen-member Fish and Wildlife Board is an advisory group of Vermont citizens that votes on fish and wildlife regulations. Members serve for six-year terms. They are eligible for reappointment only when they are filling a seat left vacant by a member who was unable to serve his or her full term.
"We're also pleased to welcome Kevin and Pete back to serve on the board for their own six-year terms," said Ames. "They're both productive and conscientious members of the board who always come prepared with a thorough understanding of the issues we're discussing."
“The Fish and Wildlife Board plays an invaluable role in the conservation of our fish and wildlife resources in Vermont,” said Commissioner Patrick Berry. “The thoughtful, well-informed citizens that make up the board help shape regulations from the perspective of Vermont’s hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers, and conservationists who have a strong interest in the sound management of these resources.”