Governor appoints former state representative to natural resources committee

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a former Upper Peninsula state representative to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission. Whitmer announced Friday that Dave Anthony would sit on the panel that oversteps state wildlife and outdoor policies.

Anthony, a Democrat from Escanaba, served in State House from 1991 to 1998. He was also director of community development for the Hannahville Indian community and was the owner of the Northern Sun Winery. He will be a member of the NRC until the end of 20-25, unless the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate rejects his nomination. Anthony would replace outgoing NRC Commissioner JR Richardson of Ontonagon if approved.

Whitmer also named another former Democratic state representative, Leslie Love of Detroit, to the NRC on Friday. This term would last until the end of 20-23 and replace the late Michael Lashbrook on the committee.

WHITMER PRESS RELEASE:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Natural Resources Commission, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board and the Michigan Craft Beverage Council.

Natural Resources Commission

Mr. David Anthony, of Bark River, is currently retired having owned and operated Northern Sun Winery and served as Director of Community Development and Government Affairs for the Hannahville Indian Community and State Representative for the 108th House District. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and History from Northern Michigan University. Mr. Anthony is appointed to represent the Democrats for a term beginning January 7, 2022 and ending December 31, 2025. He succeeds JR Richardson whose term expired on December 31, 2021.

Leslie Love, of Detroit, is the ES and Sustainability Group Director for The Piston Group and a former state representative for the 10th Home District. She holds a BA from Siena Heights University and an MA from Wayne State University. Ms. Love is appointed to represent the Democrats for a term beginning January 7, 2022 and ending December 31, 2023. She succeeds the late Michael Lashbrook.

The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has the exclusive authority to regulate the capture of game and sport fish and is authorized to designate game species and authorize the establishment of the first season of opening of animals through prescriptions.

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board

Brandy Brown, Ph.D., of Kalamazoo, is the Director of Innovation for Walker-Miller Energy Services. Dr. Brown was also recently a Climate and Energy Advisor for the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. She got her doctorate. in an interdisciplinary program in evaluation from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts from American University. Dr. Brown is appointed for a term beginning January 7, 2022 and ending October 1, 2025. She succeeds Erin McDonough, whose term expired October 1, 2021.

The Natural Resources Trust Fund Board oversees the Michigan Natural Resources Trust (MNRTF) which has been in place since 1976. The Trust Fund provides financial assistance to local governments and the Department of Natural Resources to purchase land or rights. land for public recreation or protection of land because of its environmental importance or the beauty of its landscapes. It also contributes to the proper development of land for public outdoor recreation.

This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan Craft Beverage Council

H. Richard Anderson, of Thompsonville, is a partner and co-founder of Iron Fish Distillery. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Michigan State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Northern Michigan University. Mr. Anderson is reappointed to represent small stills for a term starting January 7, 2022 and ending September 30, 2024.

Michael Beck, of Saint Johns, is the president of Uncle John’s Cider Mill. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Facilities Management from Ferris State University. Mr. Beck is reappointed to represent wine producers who primarily make cider for a term starting January 7, 2022 and ending September 30, 2024.

Sean Black, of Grand Rapids, is the alcohol merchandising manager for Meijer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Supply Management from Western Michigan University. Mr. Black is appointed to represent retail food establishments that hold a specifically designated merchant license and sell Michigan wine or beer, for a term beginning January 7, 2022 and expiring September 30, 2022. He succeeds to Erin Walton, who has resigned.

Jessica L. Youngblood, of Ray, is the owner and manager of Youngblood Vineyard. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Walla Walla University. Ms. Youngblood is appointed to represent the winegrowers for a term starting January 7, 2022 and ending September 30, 2024. She succeeds Brian Lesperance whose term expired on September 30, 2021.

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council was created to replace the Grape and Wine Industry Council. The Council will provide grants for research on winemaking, hops, barley, beer and spirits; conduct market research and analysis; and offer other programs that encourage agricultural elements related to Michigan’s craft beverage industries. The activities of the Council are funded exclusively by license fees for non-retail and non-wholesale alcohol.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


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