Governor Makes Appointments to Michigan Wildlife Council

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced eight appointments to the newly formed Michigan Wildlife Council.
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Established in 2013 through HB 4993, the "Colorado Model" bill spearheaded by the Nimrod Society, MUCC and many hunting, fishing, and trapping groups, the Michigan Wildlife Council was created to educate the public about the beneficial aspects of hunting and fishing and the essential role that sportsmen and sportswomen play in wildlife conservation. The nine-member council includes the director of the Department of Natural Resources or his or her designee and eight additional members appointed by the governor.
The Michigan Wildlife Council will utilize the funds from the $1 surcharge on base hunting and fishing licenses sold in Michigan, which could amount to $1.5 million spent annually on positive media and outreach to the public on the importance of hunting, fishing and trapping to Michigan's environment and economy.
“This is a diverse and talented group of appointees and I look forward to the work they will do to inform Michiganders about how our state’s world-class natural resources are protected and managed for current and future generations,” Snyder said.
Initial terms expiring March 31, 2016:
Jim Hammill, of Crystal Falls, is the president of the Northwoods Chapter of Safari Club International and runs a land consulting and management business in the Upper Peninsula. He is a certified plan writer for the DNR and U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as a certified timber marker and cruiser for DNR. He has served on the board of the International Wolf Center, and is a certified Michigan Master Logger. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Adrian College, and studied wildlife management at Michigan State University. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis, at least once during each of the last three years and is a resident of the Upper Peninsula.
Alan Taylor, of Rockford, is president and co-owner of Hart Enterprises Inc.. He is the founder and chairman of the Nimrod Society, working to educate the public on the important role hunters and anglers play in society. Taylor attended the seminary at North Park College. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis, at least once during each of the last three years.
Initial terms expiring March 31, 2017:
Matt Pedigo, of Howell, is an engineer for Federal-Mogul where he has worked for over 13 years. He is active in the Michigan Bear Hunters Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kettering University. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis, at least once during each of the last three years.
Jeffery Poet, of Clare, is president of Jay’s Sporting Goods Inc., where he has been an active participant in the growth of the company since its inception. Poet earned his associate degree in business management from Northwood University. He will represent a local business in this state that is substantially impacted by hunting and fishing.
Henry Stancato, of Detroit, is a member of Stancato Tragge Wells PLLC in Detroit where he has practiced law for over 35 years. Stancato served as a member of Youthville Detroit and New Center Community Mental Health Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a law degree from Wayne State University. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis, at least once during each of the last three years.
Initial terms expiring March 31, 2018:
Merisa Campbell, of Johannesburg, operates a commercial hay and over the road trucking operation, a small cow-calf operation, and managed approximately 2000 acres of land. She served on the Michigan Farm Bureau board of directors in 2009, and 2010 and served two years as chair of the State Promotion and Education Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. She will represent agricultural producers in this state.
Carol Rose, of Hillman, is vice president of Jeffress-Dyers Inc. – Real Estate Appraisal and Consulting, specializing in commercial land and large forestry and recreational use lands in Northern Michigan. She is knowledgeable on the significance of the contributions that hunters, anglers and trappers have historically made to the conservation of both game and non-game species, as well as the economic impact these activities have on communities throughout the state. Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University. She will represent an individual with media or marketing background, who is not an employee of the DNR.
Randy Stec, of Caro, is the executive vice president of GreenStone Farm Credit Services where he has served 33 years overseeing the sales and marketing functions of the financial institution. He is the past county chairman of Ducks Unlimited, an avid waterfowl hunter, and past professional guide. Stec earned his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. He will represent rural areas of this state whose economies are substantially impacted by hunting and fishing.
Appointments to the Michigan Wildlife Council are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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