Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday selected two new members to the Colorado Wildlife Commission and in doing so made a strong statement for a conservation-oriented wildlife management strategy.
The newest commissioners, both Democrats, are Tim Glenn, a Chaffee County commissioner, and Dennis Buechler, a retired wildlife biologist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and formerly chairman of the board for the Colorado Wildlife Federation.
Glenn, who last November won his second term as county commissioner, is a strong roadless advocate and a backer of the proposed Brown’s Canyon Wilderness Area near Salida.
It was Buechler’s appointment, however, that raised the most excitement among conservationists and outdoors groups. Buechler’s term on the commission will mark the first time in recent memory, and possibly the first time ever, that a wildlife commissioner actually has a background as a wildlife professional.
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