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Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) announces the resignation of Byron Bateman from the SFW Executive Board. Mr. Bateman has accepted a recent appointment by Utah Governor Gary Herbert to serve on the Utah Wildlife Board.
Mr. Bateman immediately tenured his SFW resignation from the SFW board upon learning of his appointment by the governor. He has served SFW for nearly 20 years as its former President and CEO, Chief Financial Officer, and most recently as a member of the SFW Executive Board. He will officially take his seat on the Utah Wildlife Board at the August 2015 board meeting.
“I am very gratified by this appointment by the governor,” Mr. Bateman said. “There are few things in this world more important to me than Utah’s wildlife. I am committed to representing the people of Utah, and I look forward to serving in this capacity for the next several years.”
The Utah Wildlife Board consists of seven citizens from different parts of the state. In August, Wildlife Board members Jake Albrecht and Bill Fenimore will leave the board after six years of service. Mr. Bateman lives in Weber County and replaces Mr. Fenimore in the Northern Utah region. The board meets regularly to review and modify the wildlife administrative rules in order to meet the changing needs of Utah’s wildlife. Before board members make changes to wildlife rules, they listen to recommendations from Utah Division of Wildlife biologists. They also receive input from the public and various interest groups via the regional advisory council (RAC) process.
“I can’t think of anyone more passionate or more qualified to influence Utah’s wildlife management policies than Byron is,” said SFW Founder and Board Member Don Peay. “It is reassuring to know his expertise will lead to recommendations the board makes to the Utah Division of Wildlife and the Utah Legislature. Our wildlife is in great hands.”
Commenting on the developments, Mr. Bateman added, “I’ve served on SFW’s executive team and with its state and chapter leaders for nearly two decades. This is a wonderful, growing organization that knows how to get tough things done. I hate to give that up. But the Wildlife Board position opens a big door and a new phase in my life. And I am excited to participate and give this my all.”
Mr. Bateman, along with the six other board members, will attend up to seven wildlife board meetings each year. The meetings are typically held in Salt Lake City at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources offices on North Temple. Representatives from SFW attend all Utah Wildlife Board meetings and RAC meetings as they work to achieve the SFW mission.