New Commissioners for Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission

The Oregon Senate confirmed on Tuesday the appointments of Holly
Akenson and Michael Finley to represent Oregon’s Eastern and
Western districts respectively on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife

Akenson, of Enterprise, will replace Carter Kerns who has served
on the Commission since 2003. Finley, of Medford, will replace
Marla Rae who has served on the Commission since 2002.

Holly Akenson is the Director of Wallowa Mountain Institute, the
education and outreach arm of Wallowa Resources. Akenson oversees
applied research, and education and outreach programs related to
the stewardship of the forests and rangelands in Wallowa County.
Her background as a wildlife biologist has afforded her many
opportunities to remain connected to nature and the land. She is an
avid hunter, angler, and wildlife photographer and regularly takes
her mule teams on treks into the mountains.

Finley is President of the Turner Foundation, a private
grant-making foundation that supports hundreds of grassroots
national and international organizations. Before joining the Turner
Foundation he spent 32 years with the National Park Service. During
his career, Finley was Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
for over six years and also served as Superintendent of Yosemite
and Everglades National Parks and Assateague Island National
Seashore. He directly managed hunting and fishing activities on
National Park Service lands and waters in Alaska, Florida,
Maryland, Virginia, California, Montana and Wyoming. He was also a
commissioned law enforcement ranger and investigator for 10 years.
Finley hunts and fishes, and is passionate about public

In a related issue, Dr. Dan Edge of Corvallis was appointed
Commission Chair. Edge succeeds Marla Rae, whose term has expired.
Edge heads the Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and
Wildlife. He received bachelor’s degrees in wildlife biology and
forestry, a master’s in wildlife biology and a doctorate in
forestry, all from the University of Montana. Edge has served on
the Commission since 2004.


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