Olympia -- Holly Ledgerwood, a Pomeroy educator and avid hunter and fisher, was appointed today by Governor Gary Locke to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Ledgerwood will fill the at-large position vacated by Dawn Reynolds, which was due to end in December, 2008. Reynolds recently resigned to move to Oregon.
"We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Holly's caliber join us on the commission," said Commission Chair Will Roehl. "The commission has been highly productive in recent years on a wide range of critical fish and wildlife issues, and I'm confident Holly is going to be a superb addition to our team."
The Fish and Wildlife Commission is comprised of nine citizens appointed by the Governor. Commissioners serve six-year-terms and are charged with establishing policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the state's largest natural resource agency. The commission also appoints WDFW's director.
With Ledgerwood's appointment, there remains one vacancy on the commission. That vacancy was recently created when Russ Cahill, a former deputy director of the state Parks and Recreation Department, resigned to volunteer for several political campaigns and travel.
"I'm leaving the commission knowing it is an excellent group of people who work extremely hard," Cahill said. "It was a great privilege to serve on the commission, and I know I'm going to miss the teamwork and camaraderie of my fellow commissioners."
Ledgerwood is a wellness and physical education teacher in the Clarkston School District. A member of several outdoor and conservation groups, she currently directs the district's sixth grade outdoor education program.
Roehl said Ledgerwood will assume her position on the commission at a busy time. During the past several years, the commission has successfully worked with WDFW Director Jeff Koenings and department staff on issues that include modernizing the department's business practices, creating policies for dealing with dangerous wildlife, and crafting new resource allocation agreements that meet conservation goals and changing public demands.
Roehl said the commission will be working in coming months with department staff to expand opportunities for the public to become involved in fish and wildlife issues. A major goal of the commission is to improve interactions among the commission, the department and citizen advisory groups to allow more input from the groups on various issues.
Roehl said the commission this year will also be working with staff to craft a new, comprehensive lands management strategy. Part of that plan will include updated wildlife area management plans, he said.
Besides Roehl and Ledgerwood, other commission members are: John A. Hunter, Ron Ozment, Lisa Pelly, Fred Shiosaki, Bob Tuck, and R.P. "Van" Van Gytenbeek.
More information about the commission, including commission meeting dates, can be found on the department's webpage.