New Members Appointed to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners

Date: 10/25/12
Contact: Aaron Meier
Phone: (775) 688-1998

Two new members were recently appointed to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners by Governor Brian Sandoval. Bill Young and Dr. Karen Layne, both of Las Vegas were appointed to represent sportsmen and the general public respectively.

Bill Young, a fourth generation Nevadan and a life-long hunter and angler, was appointed to represent sportsmen. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Young holds an M.S. in Crisis and Emergency Management and a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. Currently, the Vice President of Security for Station Casinos where he has worked since retiring from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Young served as Sheriff of Clark County between 2003 and 2007.

Dr. Karen Layne currently serves as president of the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society. She is retired from both UNLV, where she was an assistant professor in the Public Administration Department, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department where she was the Director of Planning.

Dr. Layne holds a Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Government from George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Richmond, Virginia. She was appointed to the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners to represent the general public.

“We look forward to both Bill and Karen joining the Commission,” said Jack Robb, chairman for the Commission. ““Both individuals bring a breadth of experience and knowledge that will contribute greatly to our important work for wildlife. The wildlife issues we face today are not like those faced by our predecessors. The Commission needs a diversity of perspectives to help address the unique and complex wildlife issues in Nevada. We look forward to all that Karen and Bill will bring to the table as we work to serve the people of Nevada.”

The nine-member, governor-appointed Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners is responsible for establishing broad policy, setting annual and permanent regulations, reviewing budgets and receiving input on wildlife and boating matters from entities such as the 17 county advisory boards to manage wildlife.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license.