Dr. William Faber of Cushing, head of the Central Lakes College natural resources program in Brainerd, has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to serve on the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The LCCMR is made up of 17 members: five senators, five representatives, five citizens appointed by the governor, one citizen appointed by the senate, and one citizen appointed by the House. According to membership criteria adopted in 2008, LCCMR members “must have experience or expertise in the science, policy, or practice of the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources; have strong knowledge in the state’s environment and natural resource issues around the state; and have demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.”
Faber’s appointment is for one year, set to expire Jan. 6, 2014, with the opportunity to be re-authorized one additional year. Until December 2014, he is serving on the Minnesota DNR Wildlife Oversight Committee, a post to which he was named in December of 2011 by Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner.
The function of the LCCMR is to make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects, primarily from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). These projects help maintain and enhance Minnesota's environment and natural resources.
The LCCMR developed from a program initiated in 1963. Since 1963, over $735 million has been appropriated to more than 1,700 projects recommended to the legislature by the Commission to protect and enhance Minnesota’s environment and natural resources.
The New York-born Faber is a native of Fridley, a 1985 University of Minnesota graduate in Wildlife Biology, and has a second degree from St. Cloud State University, where he taught for three years.
He is a moose expert who spent 13 years in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe for doctoral research.
Faber, who is a certified wildlife biologist, is in his 10th year as an instructor at CLC. He also serves as a supervisor on the Morrison County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society representative to the Minnesota Conservation Federation. He is the president of the Lake Alexander Property Owners Association. He is an avid wetlands conservation advocate.
Gov. Dayton also appointed Norman Moody of Hackensack to the LCCMR. His is a four-year term.
Moody was the Cass County land commissioner the past 16 years. He has experience working for the DNR and the University of Minnesota.
He has held a number of resource management positions in Beltrami County. He earned a master of forestry degree and a bachelor of science in wildlife management degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society, Minnesota Sharptail Grouse Society, Ruffed Grouse Society, and Woodcock Minnesota. He has been an executive board member of the Deep Portage Foundation since 1994.