CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game & Fish Commission have been named the Commission/Board of the Year by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA).
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department said in their Monday, Aug. 3 announcement that the WAFWA represents 24 states and Canadian provinces.
“This is the second time the Commission won this award; the first was in 2014,” Game & Fish add. “The WAFWA Awards and Recognition Committee, which consists of state directors, selects the winners each year.”
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Game & Fish Director Brian Nesvik wrote a letter to WAFWA nominating the commission for the award.
“He highlighted the Commission’s work with migration corridors, wildlife crossings, big game research, chronic wasting disease, habitat projects, grizzly bear management, hunting and fishing access, outreach and educational opportunities, the establishment of the non-profit WYldlife Fund, public engagement and strategic planning,” the department says.
Members of the commission include:
- President Peter Dube of Buffalo
- Vice President Pat Crank of Cheyenne
- David Rael of Cowley
- Mike Schmid of LaBarge
- Gay Lynn Byrd of Douglas
- Ralph Brokaw of Arlington
- Richard Ladwig of Manville
“This is more of a team award than a Commission award,” Dube said in the announcement. “It is an overall excellence of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. It is wonderful and great to be acknowledged by those organizations.”
“We kind of view ourselves as a can-do Commission. We’re chomping at the bit and want to get things done. It shows what other states and organizations think about Wyoming’s department and the role it plays with wildlife. It’s a pretty great honor.”
The Game & Fish Commission is comprised of seven members who serve six year terms. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Wyoming Senate. Only up to five members can be from the same political party.