CHEYENNE — Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Tuesday appointed nine residents with a wide variety of backgrounds to oversee the newly created Wyoming wildlife trust fund.
The board was authorized by the Wildlife and Natural Resources Funding Act, one of the most talked-about bills during this year's legislative session.
"These nine people are the kind of forward thinkers we need on a board dedicated to preserving the Wyoming we have today for our children and their children to enjoy in the future," Freudenthal said in a release. "I am delighted that they have agreed to take on the responsibility."
Money generated from the fund, initially stocked with $15 million, will be used for wildlife habitat improvement, including fisheries, and protection of open space.
Grants will be awarded to nonprofit and government groups that bring requests to the board. The law also set aside $300,000 for first-year administrative expenses.
Ryan Lance, a policy analyst for agriculture and wildlife issues in the governor's planning office, will assist the board in initial research and meetings.
The nine members include: Mike Baker of Thermopolis, a farmer and former legislator; Delaine Roberts of Etna, a retired U.S. marshal and former legislator; Hardy Tate of Sheridan, an attorney and former legislator; Robert Anderson of Casper, a wildlife biologist and owner of Anderson Environmental Consulting and Heitzman Drill-Site Services;
Ken Banister of Torrington, an educational diagnostician for the Goshen County School District; Kim Floyd of Cheyenne, executive secretary of the Wyoming AFL-CIO; Gwyn McKee of Gillette, a wildlife biologist and co-owner of Thunderbird Wildlife Consulting; Steven Meadows of Jackson, a hotelier; and Deborah (Nagle) Smith of Laramie, the Albany County assessor.
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