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Florida Fish And Wildlife Commissioners Meet Amid Big Change


Florida's wildlife agency begins a three-day meeting Tuesday in Gainesville as its leadership undergoes big change.

Two of seven commissioners of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be new. The governor has replaced Ron Bergeron and Liesa Priddy, whose terms had expired.

That's as Executive Director Nick Wiley and Chairman Brian Yablonski also have left the agency, for positions elsewhere. Here's Julie Wraithmell of Audubon of Florida.

"It is just a natural convergence. It's not a signal of any kind of turmoil or transition at the agency itself."

The new commissioners are Gary Nicklaus and Sonya Rood. Wraithmell says Nicklaus has been a supporter of the Everglades Foundation. Rood's husband is a past commission chairman.

Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.
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