OLYMPIA — Jay Kehne, an Omak resident and outreach associate for Conservation Northwest, was appointed to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, officials announced Wednesday.
Kehne, 57, was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to serve a six-year term on the panel, which sets policy for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“I’m excited,” Kehne said on Wednesday. “I’ve met several of the commission members, and for the most part, I think they do a good job.”
He said he appreciated their unanimous decision to approve the conservation plan for gray wolves, and is anxious to help the department implement the plan, such as finding funds to compensate ranchers who lose livestock to wolves.
A hunter and conservationist, Kehne said he’s also excited to learn about some of the other fish and wildlife policies, from salmon to crabbing.
Kehne spent 31 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and is a member of both the Rocky Mountain Elk and Mule Deer foundations.
He was appointed to one of three seats on the nine-member panel reserved for Eastern Washington. Three others are reserved for Western Washington residents, and three can come from anywhere in the state.
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