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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.

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Amy Green covers the environment for 90.7 News. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a regular contributor for NPR, PEOPLE, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and many other top news organizations. Her in-progress book on the Everglades is under contract with Johns ... Read Full Bio »