Utah Wildlife Board, Regional Advisory Councils accepting citizen applications

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Wildlife Board and wildlife Regional Advisory Councils have several positions open and are accepting member applications until March 15.

Utah Wildlife Board

The seven-person Utah Wildlife Board will have two positions opening in August, when Del Brady and Ernie Perkins step down. One citizen from northeastern Utah will take Brady’s place, while Perkins’ vacancy can be filled by anyone living outside of central Utah.

Applications must be submitted online before March 15. The Utah Wildlife Board Nominating Committee will review applications and select candidates to interview. The committee will then forward their recommendations to Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who makes the final decision on all appointments.

The Utah Wildlife Board has the final say about how hunting, fishing and wildlife are managed in the state. Members must have a strong interest in wildlife and be committed to serving and representing the people of Utah. During their six-year term, members must attend several board meetings in Salt Lake City each year and are encouraged to attend monthly wildlife Regional Advisory Council meetings in their area of residence.

Wildlife Regional Advisory Councils

Several positions will soon be open on Utah’s five wildlife Regional Advisory Councils. Each council holds an average of six meetings per year to hear proposals from the Division of Wildlife Resources and public input about hunting, fishing and wildlife management in Utah. Their votes and recommendations are passed on to the Utah Wildlife Board.

Council members represent one of six interests: Hunters, anglers and trappers, those who do not hunt or fish, ranchers and farmers, locally elected public officials, federal land managing agencies and the general public. Those interested in representing the general public must have a nomination from a community group, such as a political organization, city council or recreational group. Citizens who wish to represent another interest must have a nomination from a conservation group in their area related to that interest. Federal land managing agencies appoint their own representatives to the councils.

Nomination forms can be downloaded online. Nominations must be submitted before 5 p.m. on March 15.

For more information on the Utah Wildlife Board and the Regional Advisory Councils, contact the DWR’s board coordinator, Staci Coons, at stacicoons@utah.gov.

Submitted by: Division of Wildlife Resources

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