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Appointments Made to Natural Resources Commission

January 12th, 2012

Gov. Rick Snyder announced this week the appointment of Rex Schlaybaugh Jr., of Birmingham, and Annoesjka Steinman, of Muskegon, to the Natural Resources Commission.

The seven-member commission works with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Their primary authority is over hunting and trapping regulations and wildlife management, but they also advise the DNR Director on fisheries regulations and management, parks and recreation, land purchases and sales, and other natural resources management issues.

Schlaybaugh has been a member of the Dykema law firm for 38 years. He served as chair and CEO of the firm for a three-year term that expired Dec. 31, 2011. Schlaybaugh is an avid fly fisherman and serves on the boards of the Detroit Economic Club, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. He previously served as a member and chairman of the Oakland University Board of Trustees. Schlaybaugh earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a law degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. He replaces Hurley Coleman whose term expired on Dec. 31, 2011.

Steinman is the executive director and CEO of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids and has worked in water and land management roles in Michigan for the past 11 years. Steinman previously worked for the Ottawa/Muskegon Conservation Districts, managed the Mona Lake Watershed Council and served as a member on the Muskegon Community Foundation Board and Norton Shores City Council. Steinman earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in natural resources management from Grand Valley State University. She replaces Mary Brown whose term expired on Dec. 31, 2011.

Both appointees will serve four-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2015. The appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

For more about the NRC, their meeting schedule, and agendas please visit the DNR Website. You will also find links to PowerPoint presentations given at the NRC meetings.

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