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Lansing—Governor Rick Snyder has appointed John Matonich of Davison as chair of the Natural Resources Commission, replacing J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon. Richardson will stay on the commission, and the Governor’s office has described this as part of a regular rotation. Michigan United Conservation Clubs congratulates Commissioner Matonich on the appointment and thanks Commissioner Richardson for his service as chair.
“Both commissioners recognize the importance of convening divergent interests to reach compromise while making decisions based on sound science,” said Amy Trotter, resource policy manager for MUCC. “We’re confident that Commissioner Matonich will do a great job leading the commission through the challenges ahead.
Matonich is the president and CEO of Rowe Professional Services, which provides land use services like surveying, engineering and aerial photography. He is originally from the western Upper Peninsula and his term on the commission runs through 2018. Richardson has served as chair since 2013, guiding the commission through controversial issues, representing the Upper Peninsula and focusing on habitat.
“J.R. has done a great job of representing the U.P. and the entire state of Michigan on a wide range of fish and wildlife issues,” said George Lindquist of Negaunee, statewide vice president of MUCC. “He’s done a great job of staying on top of issues, taking his own personal time to attend multiple meetings and citizens advisory councils. He genuinely cares about hunting, fishing and conservation.”
The Natural Resources Commission will meet tomorrow at the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center in Lansing. Subcommittee meetings begin at 8:30am, with the meeting of the whole at 3:00pm.
Founded in 1937, Michigan United Conservation Clubs is the largest state-specific conservation-focused nonprofit organization in the nation. Its mission is to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.

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