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Public membership sought for new Game and Fish task force tackling access and licensing issues

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CASPER, Wyo —Public seats are available on a newly formed Wyoming Game and Fish Commission task force that will study top-priority wildlife issues such as licensing and public access for sportsmen and women,  the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) announced Thursday.

The group, called the Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce, will be chaired by Commission President Pete Dube .

“The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce will take on some of the most complex policy topics for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department,” Dube said. “It’s an opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the issues and make informed recommendations through shared decision making for wildlife and sportspeople.”

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The new group will include Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik and members from the Wyoming Legislature, the release said. 

“Demand for hunting opportunities is as high as it’s ever been in Wyoming,” Nesvik said. “Now is an opportune time to continue our public engagement work that we prioritized in our five year strategic plan to take on some challenging topics with high public interest alongside citizens and leaders from around our state.”

“Anyone from the public with interest in joining the task force is asked to submit a letter of interest with details on their background and the contributions he or she would bring to the committee,” said Sara DiRienzo, WGFD media specialist.

“Up to three supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation or resumes/CVs, will be accepted.”

 All materials must be submitted via email by Dec. 10.

DiRienzo said that the task force will represent a cross-section of Wyoming’s citizens and be appointed by the Commission president, legislative leadership, and Gov. Mark Gordon. Taskforce membership will be announced in late December. 

The Wyoming Wildlife Taskforce will have 12-months to analyze topics and will meet monthly, Game and Fish said.

“Members are expected to attend all meetings and be actively engaged in the group’s work between meetings.

“All meetings will be open to the public and will allow significant public input and comment. The end goal of the taskforce is to present conclusions and recommendations to support decision making on Wyoming’s wildlife resources,” Game and Fish said.