UMass Amherst Professor Named to State Environmental Board

AMHERST, Mass. - Joseph S. Larson, professor in the department of natural resources conservation and director of The Environmental Institute at the University of Massachusetts, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board by Gov. Paul Cellucci. In making the appointment, Gov. Cellucci said Larson''s "experience and sound judgment" would be an asset to the board.

The Fisheries and Wildlife Board oversees the operations of the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. It also reviews programs, sets policy, and establishes regulations pertinent to wildlife in the commonwealth. As part of his appointment, Larson will serve on the Non-Game Advisory Committee, which oversees the protection of many endangered species through the Natural Heritage Program. Larson will complete a retiree s term on the board that expires in November, at which time he will be eligible for appointment to a regular, five-year term.

The Pelham resident and University alumnus has been a UMass faculty member since 1969. His research has focused on wetland ecology within the scope of local, national, and international law. Larson received the Chevron Conservation Award in 1990, and was named Conservationist of the Year in 1997 by the Massachusetts Wildlife Federation. He currently serves as the interim secretary of the Faculty Senate for UMass.

Larson received bachelor''s and master''s degrees from UMass, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.