OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Bob Bugert, director of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, to serve on the 10-member Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
The board administers state and federal funds to protect salmon habitat. Since its formation in 1999, the board has awarded more than $625 million to nearly 2,500 projects.
Bugert said he is honored to serve on the board and believes that funding to recover salmon also contributes to an investment in vibrant communities.
“I really believe in this,” he said Thursday.
Bugert is one of five voting members on the 10-member board, and the only one from North Central Washington, or Eastern Washington. Former Okanogan County Commissioner Bud Hover had served on the board, but stepped down when he was appointed director of the state Department of Agriculture.
Bugert said it’s an important region of the state to represent, particularly as salmon recovery relates to land issues.
“I think it’s really important to have someone from Eastern Washington on the board,” he said.
Bugert was appointed to a four-year term, and can serve two terms, or eight years.
The other five members are agency officials, including the directors of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology, and Department of Natural Resources.
As the director of the land trust, Bugert has worked on a number of issues related to land and water conservation and restoration, with particular focus on salmon recovery. He is a graduate of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation, and has master and bachelor degrees in fishery and wildlife biology.
He and his wife, Carolyn, have lived in the Wenatchee Valley since 1990.