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Snyder reappoints two members to Natural Resources Commission

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, MI - Governor Rick Snyder has reappointed J.R. Richardson and John Madigan to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

"J.R. and John continue to serve the NRC and Michigan's outdoors community well," Snyder said.  "Their professional backgrounds and immense respect for our state's natural resources heritage add a valuable perspective to the commission's decision-making." 

Richardson, of Ontonagon, was originally appointed in 2007.  A lifelong Upper Peninsula resident, Richardson spent 31 years in the paper industry, most recently as an operations and technical manager for Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.  He currently works for TRAXYS Corp. which creates renewable energy alternatives for producing power in the Upper Peninsula.  Richardson earned a degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

He is a member of the Rotary Club, Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Ontonagon Valley Sportsmen's Club and the Lake Superior Special Designation Task Force.  He also is president of the Upper Peninsula Sports Fishermen's Association and chairman of the Solid Waste Planning Committee.

Madigan, of Munising, has served on the commission since 2002.  He is owner of the Munising Hardware Co., which has been operated by his family for more than 80 years.  Madigan graduated from Northern Michigan University and was a high school teacher before going into the hardware business.

He is a past board member of the Alger County Fish and Game Alliance and is a member of other hunting and fishing organizations.  

The NRC is a seven-member public body whose members serve four-year terms. They are appointed by the governor and are subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.