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Two members join Fish & Wildlife board

Governor Phil Scott has appointed two new members to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board from Rutland and Orleans counties. Brian Wiles has been appointed from Rutland County to replace Justin Lindholm, and David Robillard has been appointed from Orleans County to replace Grant Spates.

The 14-member board is a group of Vermont citizens that enacts regulations for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Members serve six-year terms.

“The Fish and Wildlife Board members bring a strong level of personal experience to the job of setting Vermont’s hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations,” said Gov. Scott. “Volunteer board members give a great deal of their time and energy to the task, so I’m grateful to them for stepping up to serve the people of Vermont.”

Brian Wiles grew up fishing Lake Champlain from his family’s camp in the islands and now lives in Forest Dale and works in insurance. He’s a UVM graduate and coaches youth hockey in Middlebury. Wiles is an avid deer and upland bird hunter and angler, and his two daughters and son all hunt and fish also.

David Robillard is a patrol commander for Vermont State Police out of the St. Albans outpost and is an avid bowhunter, fisherman, hiker, camper, and outdoorsman. He is also a member and official scorer for the Boon and Crockett Club, Pope and Young Club, and Vermont Big Game Trophy Club.

“We’re happy to welcome Brian and David to the board,” said Fish and Wildlife Board Chair Kevin Lawrence. “Board members are charged with the difficult task of setting regulations after evaluating input the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s scientists and law enforcement staff, and gathering input from the state’s hunters, anglers, trappers and wildlife watchers. I look forward to the fresh perspective these new members will bring to our discussions.”

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