Gun rights advocate named to head Massachusetts wildlife agency
By Chris Eger
Gov. Charlie Baker last week appointed a longtime sportsman’s advocate to the head fish and wildlife spot in Massachusetts. (Photo: Gov. Baker’s office)
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed the president of the Massachusetts National Rifle Association affiliate to be commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game.
Ronald Amidon was announced as the head of the $27 million state department that manages fish and wildlife resources by Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton last week, replacing outgoing Commissioner George Peterson. In addition to a career in construction management, Amidon is president of the Gun Owners Action League, the state’s NRA organ.
“Ron knows the Commonwealth’s fisheries and wildlife as well as land protection responsibilities, and I look forward to working with him to continue the Baker-Polito Administration’s support of the Commonwealth’s wildlife, open spaces, and outdoor educational programs,” Beaton said in a statement.
The department is responsible for fisheries and wildlife management as well as ecological restoration and boating access. As such, it oversees funding for a wide scope of outdoor projects ranging from wildlife research to the administration of fish hatcheries, hunters’ education programs and the purchase of land for use as an animal refuge.
Amidon, 62, who is also active