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Shumlin Names Patrick Berry as Fish and Wildlife Commissioner

December 22, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin on Wednesday appointed Patrick Berry, Vermont Law School's director of Governmental Affairs and Environmental Advancement, to be commissioner of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Berry is the second VLS employee to be tapped by the Shumlin administration to lead an environmental agency. On Dec. 6, Associate Professor David Mears was named commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

"Each will contribute immeasurably to the benefit of the people of the state of Vermont," said VLS Dean Jeff Shields. "Each will be greatly missed by me personally and by the many VLS programs, students, faculty and staff who benefitted from their efforts here."

Berry led VLS's fundraising efforts in recent years, reaching out to government agencies, Vermont's congressional delegation and foundations with great success. He previously worked in communications and development for Middlebury College and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. He also was a fly-fishing guide in Montana.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department protects the state's fish and wildlife resources by implementing species management plans, informing and educating the public and performing basic research. The department's staff oversees administrative activities, including fiscal control, hunting, fishing and trapping license distribution, access development, public affairs and federal aid.

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