Governor Marc Racicot has reappointed three members of the current Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission to additional four-year terms.
Stan Meyer, Great Falls, representing sportsmen and -women in FWP Commission District 3 (north-central Montana), will continue in his position as chairman of the citizen policy board for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Also reappointed were David Simpson, Hardin, representing Montanans in FWP Commission District 5 (southeastern Montana) and Charles Decker of Libby, representing constituents in FWP Commission District 1 (northwestern Montana). The terms of all three, who were initially appointed to the Commission in 1993, were extended through January 1, 2001.
Gov. Racicot, in reappointing Meyer, Simpson and Decker to one of the most visible posts private citizens can assume in Montana, noted that the three are members of a Commission that has worked in the "best interest of the people and the resources of Montana."
"I have consistently been impressed with their steadfast refusal to bend to the pressures of special interests," said Racicot. "They seem to have an uncanny knack of appreciating the other side of an issue." Racicot further noted that the Commission's work in implementing the recommendations of a private lands/public wildlife council that he formed has resulted in "significant benefits to the state."
Meyer is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Wendt Advertising in Great Falls. After earning a degree in agricultural journalism from Iowa State University at Ames in 1956, Meyer worked for a South Dakota radio station before moving to Great Falls in 1958. He is a hunter and a fisherman and served as chairman of the board for the Montana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for four years. He also founded and chaired the Ulm Pishkun State Park Support Committee in 1987.
Simpson is currently president of Westmoreland Resources, Inc., which owns and operates the Absaloka Coal Mine in Big Horn County. A native of western Pennsylvania, Simpson earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in wildlife management from Penn State. He joined Westmoreland in 1975 as an environmental affairs manager. Simpson has served on the state's Renewable Energy Advisory Committee for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and is a past chairman of the Board of Health and Environmental Sciences. An avid hunter and fisherman for most of his life, he also is the past president of the Big Horn County Rod and Gun Club and is a past county chairman for Ducks Unlimited.
Decker, owner and operator of CRD Timber and Logging Co. at Libby, is a life-long sportsman. He was one of the original founders and has served on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Darlyne Dascher of Fort Peck, a partner in a large ranching operation near Wolf Point, and Dale Tash, Ph.D, Dillon, retired past Dean of Academics and professor of history at Western Montana College, continue as the other public representatives on the five-member commission.