Vt. Gets a Fantastic Fish and Wildlife Commissioner

I have worked and fished with Pat. And he is as good as enviros get! Vt. could not do better! Fish and Wildlife just went from the pit to the podium. Well done Governor!

Governor-elect Shumlin Announced Patrick Berry to be Commissioner of Fish and
Wildlife; Kim Royer to be Deputy Commissioner

Montpelier, Vt., - Governor-elect Shumlin today announced that Patrick
Berry will be
the Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife; Kim Royer will be the Deputy
Commissioner.

"Pat Berry is a dedicated hunter and angler and possesses a broad
background and
expertise in Fish and Wildlife issues," said Shumlin. "Pat's skills
combined with
Kim's expertise of the department and wildlife biology will make them an
amazing
team. I thank them both for their service"

Pat worked as a fishing guide for almost 10 years, during which time he
undertook
graduate work in fisheries and freshwater ecology at the University of
Montana in
Missoula. His research was funded in part by the Montana Department of Fish,
Wildlife, and Parks, and Montana Trout Unlimited. Upon returning to
Vermont, Pat
worked on a host of Fish and Wildlife issue for the Vermont Natural Resources
Council, and gained extensive expertise in relevant legislative and policy
issues
critical to the Fish and Wildlife Department. Pat will leave his current
job as the
Director of Governmental Affairs and Environmental Advancement at Vermont Law
School. He received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College.
Pat made
sure that both of his young sons had lifetime Vermont hunting and fishing
licenses
before they turn a year old, and they have become his favorite fishing
partners. As
Commissioner, Pat's salary will be approximately $88,000.

"I'm excited about the great team and I look forward to working with all
Vermonters
who are interested in continuing our strong tradition of hunting, fishing and
protecting our wildlife," said Secretary-designee Markowitz.

Kim Royar has been a wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish and
Wildlife for
29 years. She began her career with the Department as a habitat biologist
providing
technical assistance to private landowners with the goal of enhancing
wildlife
habitat on private lands. Since 1991 she has been the furbearer project
leader,
responsible for the conservation and management of Vermont's 14 furbearer
species.
To that end she has worked with trappers to promote humane, safe, and
efficient
trapping practices. Kim's other passion has been working with private
landowner
organizations such as Coverts and Vermont Woodland Owners Association to
promote
wildlife habitat enhancement, education, and conservation on private
lands. In
addition, she has participated as part of a team working to manage state
owned lands
for wildlife and public enjoyment. Kim is committed to the conservation of
all
wildlife species for future generations of Vermonters. As Deputy
Commissioner,
Kim's salary will be approximately $72,000.