by Guy Page
Governor Phil Scott has appointed Jamie Dragon of Stowe and David Deen of Westminster to the Fish & Wildlife Board, the citizen panel charged with evaluating scientific and legal recommendations from Fish & Wildlife Department experts to set hunting, fishing and trapping regulations, said a F&W press release.
“Wildlife management is a necessity in our ever-growing community,” says Jamie Dragon, the new board member for Lamoille County. “There needs to be a balance to enhance, manage and maintain wildlife in this state that we all love so much.”
Born and raised in Vermont, Dragon is an adult-onset hunter, a pageant winner who has represented Vermont in the Miss USA competition, and the founder of both a salon and a life and health coaching practice.
According to a January 18, 2022 Darn Tough blog post, Dragon is married to a professional hunting guide and is an avid bow hunter.
Joining Dragon, former state senator and state representative David Deen is the new board member for Windham County.
“Vermont is a citizen state,” says Deen. “Citizens serve as our elected officials from the school board, to the selectboard, to the Legislature. It is the responsibility of the Fish & Wildlife Board to support and guide the experts at the department and see that they are responsive to the human impacts of their decisions.”
Along with his 30-year tenure in state legislature, during which he chaired the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee, Deen has worked as an Orvis certified flyfishing guide, and as a River Steward for the Connecticut River Watershed Council. His legislative biography listed membership to Trout Unlimited, Bass Anglers Association, Vermont American Civil Liberties Union, Ducks Unlimited, Atlantic Salmon Association, International Game Fish Association, and the Vermont River Conservancy.
As a lawmaker, Deen was known as a zealous conservator of water quality. For example, in his full year in the legislature he sponsored the following bills:
VT H0576 – An act relating to stormwater management – Signed into law by Governor on May 28, 2018.
VT H0554 – An act relating to the regulation of dams and the testing of groundwater sources. Signed into law by Governor on May 22, 2018.
VT H0636 – An act relating to miscellaneous fish and wildlife subjects. Enacted without Governor’s signature on May 22, 2018
VT H0422 – An act relating to removal of firearms from a person arrested or cited for domestic assault. Governor approved bill on April 11, 2018
Fish & Wildlife Board members serve six-year terms, with one board member representing each of Vermont’s 14 counties.
“Fish & Wildlife Board members perform an invaluable service vetting hunting, fishing and trapping regulations through the lenses of science and the department’s mission,” said Commissioner Christopher Herrick. “Their collective experience and dedication to stewarding Vermont’s fish, wildlife, and habitats for all Vermonters are an incredible asset to conservation efforts in our state.”