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Wildlife Board is Looking for 2 Candidates in central or southeastern UT. Mar 17 is the last day to apply


Utah Wildlife Board is Looking for Two Candidates

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 17 is the last day to apply

If you want to join the group that makes the final decision about hunting, fishing and wildlife management in Utah-and you live in central or southeastern Utah-you need to get your application in soon. March 17 is the final day to submit your application to serve as a member of the Utah Wildlife Board. To apply or for more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/rS4 on the Web.

Must live in central or southeastern Utah

In August, Rick Woodard and Keele Johnson-two members of the board-will leave the board after six years of service. Gov. Gary Herbert is looking for two people-one from central Utah and one from southeastern Utah-to take their place.

Staci Coons, board coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the Utah Wildlife Board consists of seven citizens from different parts of the state. To help manage wildlife in the state, Utah has been divided into five regions. State law requires that every region have at least one citizen on the board. Coons says Woodard is the only member of the board from central Utah.

And Johnson is the only member from southeastern Utah. "That's why only those who live in central or southeastern Utah can apply," she says. "The board needs people from those parts of the state to take Rick and Keele's place." To serve on the board, Coons says you need to have a strong interest in Utah's wildlife and wildlife management in the state. You also need to be committed to serving and representing the people of Utah.

Applications and nominating committee

Applications to fill the two positions will be accepted until March 17. To apply or for more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/rS4 on the Web. The Utah Wildlife Board Nominating Committee-an 11-member committee appointed by Gov. Herbert-will review the applications and select candidates to interview. Then the committee will forward its recommendations to the governor. Gov. Herbert will make the final decision about who will fill the vacancies.

The members the governor appoints will serve six-year terms. Coons says board members attend six to seven wildlife board meetings in Salt Lake City each year. "They're also encouraged to attend monthly Wildlife Regional Advisory Council meetings in their regions," she says. "Some overnight travel is also required."

Mark Hadley, DWR Relations with the Public Specialist (801) 538-4737

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