Gov. Sarah Palin, who leaves office Sunday, has just named Janet Woods, an Interior subsistence fisherman, to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.
This is Palin's second attempt to fill the seat formerly occupied by Bonnie Williams of Fairbanks.
State legislators in April shot down Palin's first choice, Cook Inlet commercial salmon fisherman Brent Johnson.
Here's the press release:
July 22, 2009
Governor Palin Names Woods to Board of Fisheries
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Governor Sarah Palin today announced the appointment of Janet Woods to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.
“I appreciate Janet’s willingness to serve on the Board of Fisheries,” Governor Palin said. “She has a great passion for the resource. I’m confident Janet will work hard to protect the resource and make decisions in the best interest of all Alaskans who rely on our tremendous fisheries.”
Woods, of Fairbanks, has subsistence fished, hunted and trapped in Rampart with her family since the early 1970s. She is currently employed as a pump station administrative assistant with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and has also worked for the Yukon Flats School District. She attended Alaska Methodist University, Seattle Pacific College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Distance Delivery Program.
The seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries are appointed by the governor to conserve and develop the fishery resources of the state. This involves setting seasons, bag limits, and methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport and personal use fisheries, and it involves setting policy and direction for the management of the state’s fishery resources.
The board is charged with making allocative decisions, while the Department of Fish and Game is responsible for management based on those decisions. Appointees are subject to legislative confirmation.