Habitat Transition Back to ADFG Progressing

Habitat Department Transitions from Natural Resources Department  July 1, 2008, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin today praised the work of state officials in completing the transition of the Habitat Division from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).  The move, initiated by Governor Palin earlier this year in Executive Order 114, reversed a decision by the prior administration.  After extensive discussions with community leaders and after hearing the concerns of numerous Alaskans, the Governor decided that the division belonged in what had been its traditional home at ADF&G.  “I appreciate the cooperation between the two agencies as this important transition comes to fruition,” Governor Palin said.  “The professional staff of both departments demonstrated their commitment to the state’s mission of responsible resource development and conservation.”  Under DNR’s management, the office has continued to fulfill its important statutory responsibilities. That will not change as the division moves back to ADF&G.  “We recognize the importance of balancing habitat protection and resource development,” said Tom Irwin, Commissioner of DNR.  “It is an essential part of the state’s responsibilities.”  ADF&G Commissioner Denby Lloyd echoed Irwin.  “We are pleased that the transition is going so smoothly, and that all of the state’s habitat biologists and permitting staff are back under one roof,” Lloyd said.  “Our commitment to responsible stewardship of Alaska’s fish and game, as well as responsible development of our natural resources for the benefit of all Alaskans, is stronger than ever.” 

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