Small Game Biologist hired by ADF&G
ADF&G, Division of Wildlife Conservation, hired Rick Merizon as the statewide Small Game Biologist/Small Game Specialist. His new job with the State is program development, research and game management stationed in Palmer. He was selected from a fairly large group of other applicants.
Rick has worked several years for ADF&G in various locations around the state. He has a masters degree in avian biology and his work experience includes research, program, project, and budget management.
I hope this is just the beginning of an increasingly viable small game management and public outreach hunting program in Alaska, and that the program will be managed proactively for game abundance and hunting opportunity.
The small game resource is long overdue for specific and appropriate research, management and development of habitat, bag limits, season lengths, hunter education and public outreach. Small game programs are traditionally how many of us became interested in hunting and conservation as youngsters.
I look forward to Rick on the job and supporting him and the State of Alaska's small game management program.
I've only met him once at the Mat-su Salmon Science Symposium but he was impressive that day and I'm confident he will maintain his momentum as he works hard for the people and resources of the State. Congratulations Rick!
Great news! Now they need to hire another in Fairbanks.Jim
You mean where the game birds are?
Where the Tanana State Forest is located?
Where large areas of buffalo range, Ag-tracts, appropriate forestry and old burns may be found??
Where there is logging and forest management, and habitat created by harvesting that revitalizes the forest and creates diversity with early serial stages of forest regeneration that grows more grouse?
You mean up there where there are large enough cuts to actually regenerate the forest and escape total browsing?
You mean that place where there are no stupid Susitna Forest Guidelines that pander to the wrong crowd?
You mean up there where they actually practice forestry and and ADF&G can actually practice wildlife management???!!!
Yep! I agree! We need it more, but it'll work better up there....
just how big is the small game biologist?
Sorry, couldn't resist.
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