Otter appoints sage grouse expert Miller to lead Office of Species Conservation

Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday announced the appointment of Dustin Miller as administrator of the Office of Species Conservation.

Miller has been working to avoid the listing of sage grouse as an endangered species and was an environmental liaison for the office until March, when Otter named him acting administrator. Earlier, Miller worked for the Idaho Farm Bureau and former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho.

The prior administrator, Nate Fisher, resigned after 11 years in the office.

Miller's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation in 2013.

A news release from Otter's office follows:

GOVERNOR NAMES OFFICE OF SPECIES CONSERVATION ADMINISTRATOR

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Dustin Miller to the position of administrator at the Office of Species Conservation – the Governor’s Office agency that coordinates efforts to control Idaho’s own destiny on endangered species issues.

Miller was an environmental liaison for the agency until becoming acting administrator in March with the departure of Nate Fisher, who resigned. The University of Idaho graduate in environmental science previously was natural resources field coordinator for Senator Larry Craig and a regulatory affairs specialist and issues advocate for the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation.

“Dustin’s collaborative temperament, his knowledge of Idaho’s resources and landscape, his on-the-ground approach to meeting tough challenges, and his experience at the federal, state and local levels in working with public and private stakeholders make him the right person for the job,” Governor Otter said. “The Office of Species Conservation is our first line of defense for responsibly protecting and restoring plant and wildlife populations, and Dustin understands the extraordinary and potentially devastating impacts that federal listings under the Endangered Species Act can bring.”

Most recently, Miller has been a key participant in Governor Otter’s efforts to forestall federal listing of sage-grouse, which could significantly reduce economic development opportunities and curtail many traditional uses of vast tracts of Idaho rangeland.

“It’s a big responsibility, but one that I’m prepared and eager to embrace for the people of Idaho,” Miller said. “I appreciate Governor Otter’s confidence in my ability to represent Idaho professionally and aggressively in defense of our resources and our economy.”

Miller’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Idaho Senate.

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Office of Species Conservation?????

Another taxpayer funded State post for Clem's buddies?

Rohnert, you evidently are a

Rohnert, you evidently are a newbie to Idaho. The Office of Species Conservation has been around for over 14 years or more and is a byproduct of dealing with the Endangered Species Act because the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game were unable to handle all relating to ESA. It was enacted by the legislature to meet and deal with the federal ESA enacted by Nixon.

Not new to Idaho

just naive to the twisted bureaucratic wranglings of innumerable gov't agencies, I guess.
Hard for the average person to stay informed. Planned? Dunno.
Thanx for the info---I feel more abreast.