The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has appointed Anthony Wilkinson to head up its Division of Fish and Wildlife.
A press release from the agency described Wilkinson as “a seasoned conservation professional with 36 years of experience as a wildlife biologist, zoologist, and researcher.”
Anthony (Tony) Wilkinson has been appointed to head up the agency’s four Fish and Wildlife bureaus and more than 350 employees whose missions are to conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources.
Most recently Wilkinson was the Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern NY Program, where he developed and implemented conservation plans for various habitats and species, including migratory fish in the Hudson River Estuary. He previously served as the Director of Operations for the national Natural Heritage Program, and has worked as a biologist and a zoologist for state agencies in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana.
Wilkinson has an undergraduate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Biological Science from Michigan Technological University. The press release from DEC said “he grew up in southern Pennsylvania and spent much of his youth hunting, fishing and hiking with his father.” He lives in Saratoga County.
DEC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife manages conservation of wildlife and fish species in the state, oversees hunting, and recreational and commercial angling in New York.
Wilkinson began his tenure at DEC on December 15, 2016.
Par for the course, another wildlife biologist/ hunter appointed to head up NY DEC’s four Fish and Wildlife bureaus. Mr. Wilkinson, having previously worked as a biologist for the second & third most heavily hunted U.S. states, Pennsylvania & Michigan, should indeed be a seasoned professional ‘conservationist.’