Larry Voyles, director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department (left) introduces new AZGFD Region III Supervisor Tom Finley (second from left) to a crowd at their Kingman office Thursday evening.
Finley has lived in the region for about 8 years and was present Thursday to meet AZGFD personnel and the public. He welcomed the opportunity, stating that he looks forward to working with the public and AZGFD officers.
"There's a lot of leadership in the wildlife community as a result of the (AZGFD) regional office. A lot of our programs are connected to local economies and it's important to bring to light the importance of our mission and how that impacts communities in the state and region."
He mentioned studies that show the impact of activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing in Arizona.
Some "studies showed that the impact of hunting and fishing in Arizona actually provided more economic benefit than several other activities, such as golf, for instance.
They are cultural legacy activities for the people who participate in them even in these hard economic times, and they keep the community more buoyant in times of recession."