Spot Opens on Utah Wildlife Board

A spot just opened up on the Utah Wildlife Board, which makes the final decision about hunting, fishing and wildlife management in Utah.

Board member Tom Hatch, who still has two years left on his term, has announced that he’s leaving the board on July 1. Gov. Gary Herbert will choose a replacement to fill the remaining two years of Hatch’s term.  After the two years are over, the member might be asked to serve a six-year term of his or her own.

Hatch’s seat is open to anyone who lives in one of four Division of Wildlife Resources administrative regions: Central, Northeastern, Southeastern or Southern. Applications will not be accepted from those who live in the Northern Region.  The Wildlife Board already includes two members from that region.

If you’d like to apply, you must submit your application no later than noon on May 18. To apply or for more information, visit on the Web.

Also, if you applied for one of the board positions that were filled on May 2, you don’t need to reapply — your application will be considered for Hatch’s spot.

What the Wildlife Board does

Staci Coons, board coordinator for the DWR, says the Utah Wildlife Board consists of seven citizens from different parts of the state.  Board members attend 10 to 12 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.”

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 position will be accepted until noon on May 18. To apply or for more information, visit 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.В  Then the committee will forward its recommendations to the governor.В  Gov. Herbert will make the final decision about who will fill the vacancy.

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