Templeton sportsman, gun rights advocate named head of Mass. Fish & Game Dept.
“Ron knows the commonwealth’s fisheries and wildlife as well as land protection responsibilities, and I look forward to working with him to continue the Baker-Polito administration’s support of the commonwealth’s wildlife, open spaces, and outdoor educational programs,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matt Beaton said in a statement.
Mr. Amidon hunts and fishes, and “looks out for the entire environment” as a conservationist, Mr. Wallace said.
According to the administration he has spent 30 years “actively involved in the commonwealth’s sportsmen community,” including as president of the Otter River Sportsmen’s Club, board chairman for the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs, and moderator of the Massachusetts Conservation Alliance, which worked on restoring fish and wildlife funding years ago, according to Mr. Wallace.
“I am confident in Ron’s ability to lead the department, and I wish him continued success as he works to protect and enhance the commonwealth’s outdoor resources,” Mr. Peterson said in a statement.
Spencer Democrat Sen. Anne Gobi, who represents Templeton and co-chairs the Environment Committee, said she has known Amidon for 15 years. In a statement she praised “his reasoned and ethical approach to dealing with issues” and said “his absolute love of the outdoors will serve not only the sportsmen and women but all in the Commonwealth.”
The department manages fisheries, including shellfish harvesting, and wildlife resources and works on ecological restoration and land protection. It oversees the Division of Marine Fisheries, which manages recreational and commercial harvesting of saltwater finfish, shellfish, lobster and crab.
“We have enjoyed our collaboration with Commissioner Peterson on conserving wildlife habitat and we wish him well,” said Wayne Klockner, state director for the Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. “We look forward to a productive partnership with Commissioner Amidon.”