Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday appointed his Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs to become the new head of the Fish and Wildlife Department.

Louis Porter, who worked with the Conservation Law Foundation to advocate for improving Lake Champlain's water quality before serving with the administration, will replace Commissioner Patrick Berry, who will leave the post in May to become vice president for philanthropy for the Vermont Community Foundation, according to a news release.

"Louis Porter's devotion to Vermont's tradition of hunting and fishing, and to making sure there is continued access to land and water for those that follow that tradition, will serve the Department well," Shumlin said in a statement. "His experience working with the Legislature and in state government, as well as his background in biology and commercial fishing, prepare him for this important role."

The department oversees wildlife and fishery management, habitat conservation, and search and rescue operations.

"The Department works very hard to protect and improve our land and our wildlife," Porter said in a statement. "I can think of nothing more important than making sure that hunters, anglers and others continue to have the opportunity to experience all that the Vermont outdoors has to offer, and I am honored to join the department in that mission."


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