Principal Chief Michell Hicks has been appointed commissioner on the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. It was announced on Tuesday, Aug. 27 by N.C. Governor Pat McCrory.
Created in 1947, the commission oversees conservation of and sustains the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. With an annual budget of $65 million and 590 full time employees, the commission also enforces N.C. fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws.
“This is a great honor for me and also for the Eastern Band,” Chief Hicks commented. “Our tribe has long been committed to environmental preservation and sustainability and this appointment represents a natural extension of the work we have been doing for many years on the Qualla Boundary and in Western North Carolina.”
“We look forward to the opportunity to continue this tradition and also to give back to the state of North Carolina.”
– EBCI Public Relations