Dept. of Fish and Wildlife accepting nominations for Fisheries Restoration Grant Program

STATEWIDE—Two vacancies on the state’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program’s Peer Review Committee need to be filled, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is, accordingly, seeking nominations for both seats. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 29.

One open seat represents the public water agency industry; the other open seat is for an academic or research scientist.

Representatives of the Peer Review Committee provide advice, oversight, and recommendations for grant funding under the Fisheries Restoration Grant Funding Program. CDFW’s director appoints each member of the Peer Review Committee.

There are 14 members on the Peer Review Committee; the California Advisory Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Trout recommends members for seven of the seats. County supervisors fill another three seats; those members hail from coastal counties and are recommended by the California State Association of Counties.

Members from the agriculture and timber industries get one seat, each. The public water agency and academic/research scientist seats round out the committee.

“All representatives must reside in or represent interests in coastal and Central Valley counties in which native salmon and steelhead exist,” CDFW said in a released statement.

Each appointment is for a four-year term; the two appointments up for grabs will extend through January 2024.

Nominations should be made in the form of a letter and sent to: Timothy Chorey, FRGP Coordinator, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, California 94244-2090. Nomination letters can also be submitted via email at frgp@wildlife.ca.gov. All nominations must include a candidate resume and proof they represent coastal or Central Valley counties where salmon and steelhead exist.

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