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MEET THE COMMISSIONERS
Ladwig committed
to Commission's mission
A diverse background provides valuable knowledge
to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission
CHEYENNE - Public service and wildlife
have been a big part of Richard Ladwig's
life. Throw in his life experiences and
it seemed like a natural fit for Ladwig to
be a member of the Wyoming Game and
Fish Commission.
Ladwig was appointed to the Commission
in March 2019. He represents District
6 made up of Crook, Weston and Niobrara
counties. Prior to that, Ladwig was the
County Commissioner in Niobrara County
for 20 years. After he completed his last
term as county
commissioner,
Ladwig was
approached
about ser ving
on
the
Commission.
" It
is a learning
process I
don't think
will ever stop, "
said Ladwig of
serving on the Commission. " There's always
something going on. It is a way bigger job
than I thought it was. I've been exposed to
the Wyoming Game and Fish Department
in more ways than I ever thought possible.
" When you look at the department as a
and started a ranch north of Manville in
Niobrara County in 1893. Ladwig spent
a lot of time at the ranch until it was sold.
Hunting and fishing have been a big part of
his life. Ladwig said the ranch was the first
to be enrolled in the Game and Fish's Access
Yes program in Niobrara County.
Ladwig served in the Air Force for 22
THE COMMISSION IS THE POLICYMAKING
BOARD FOR GAME AND FISH.
THE SEVEN-MEMBER COMMISSION IS
APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR. EACH
MEMBER SERVES A SIX-YEAR TERM. NO
MORE THAN FIVE COMMISSIONERS CAN
BE OF THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY.
years, and part of that time he was stationed
in Alaska. While there he took on additional
duties as a military wildlife agent. Some of his
work included license checks, fish sampling,
bird counts
and water flow
studies. He
also took some
wildlife management
classes
- all valuable
experience for
his term on the
Commission.
Ladwig said
one of the biggest
accomplishments of the Commission
and Game and Fish during his time is the
development of a chronic wasting disease
management plan for Wyoming.
" That plan is still ongoing and we don't
whole, it's a large operation. To be on the
team that helps take care of that is a privilege,
and one that only seven people have. "
Ladwig's great grandfather homesteaded
have all the answers, but we are on track to
do some magnificent things for Wyoming if
we keep going with it, " he said.
Ladwig knows several challenges face
the Commission and Game and Fish in
Richard Ladwig has served on the Wyoming Game and Fish
Commission since March 1, 2019. Ladwig represents District 6.
(Photo by Mark Gocke/WGFD)
the future. Some of those on the table now
include the management of elk feedgrounds
and work on trapping regulations. Some challenges
have yet to be discovered, but Ladwig
said he and the Commission will be ready
when they do.
" I want to help keep Game and Fish going
and keep things going for the public, " he said.
- Robert Gagliardi, WGFD
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