Hammill appointed to state Wildlife Council

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a Crystal Falls man to the newly formed Michigan Wildlife Council.

Established in 2013, the Michigan Wildlife Council was created to educate the public about the beneficial aspects of hunting and fishing and the essential role that sportsmen and sportswomen play in wildlife conservation.

The nine-member council includes the director of the Department of Natural Resources or his or her designee and eight additional members appointed by the governor.

“This is a diverse and talented group of appointees and I look forward to the work they will do to inform Michiganders about how our state’s world-class natural resources are protected and managed for current and future generations,” Snyder said.

Initial terms expiring March 31, 2016:

Jim Hammill, of Crystal Falls, is the president of the Northwoods Chapter of Safari Club International and runs a land consulting and management business in the Upper Peninsula.

He is a certified plan writer for the DNR and U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as a certified timber marker and cruiser for DNR. He has served on the board of the International Wolf Center, and is a certified Michigan Master Logger.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Adrian College, and studied wildlife management at Michigan State University. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis, at least once during each of the last three years and is a resident of the Upper Peninsula.

Alan Taylor, of Rockford, is president and co-owner of Hart Enterprises Inc.. He is the founder and chairman of the Nimrod Society, working to educate the public on the important role hunters and anglers play in society.

Taylor attended the seminary at North Park College. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis, at least once during each of the last three years.