By Zach Widner, Northwest States Senior Manager
On December 3, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced the appointment of Doug Vincent-Lang as the Acting Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (AKFG). Vincent-Lang will continue serving in the post while the Alaska Joint Boards of Fish and Game work to provide nominations for candidates to permanently serve as Commissioner.
Vincent-Lang has over three decades of experience working for AKFG, previously serving as the Department’s Wildlife Management Division Director, as well as serving as both Special Assistant and Assistant Director to the Division of Sport Fish, and working as a research biologist.
On December 14, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) announced the hiring of Ed Schriever as the new Director of IDFG.
Schriever was chosen as Director by the seven-member Idaho Fish and Game Commission, the body that sets fish and wildlife management policies for IDFG, among other duties. He has served as Deputy Director of Operations for IDFG since 2015, and has held numerous other roles during his 35 years with the Department.
Schriever succeeds retiring Director Virgil Moore, who has served as IDFG’s Director since 2011 and recently completed his term as President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Moore’s tenure as Director will officially end on January 13, 2019.
Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?