COLUMBUS, OH - George R. Klein of Akron was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to a four-year term on the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Klein will serve on the council until 2016.
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. Appointed by the governor, no more than four members may be of the same political party and two of the council members must represent agriculture. Each term of office is four years.
Klein is the owner and operating partner of the Hill'n Dale Club, a 470-member fishing, hunting and shooting club near Medina, which he has led for more than 20 years. Concurrently, he served as president and owner of several news distribution companies. He earned advanced degrees from Colorado College, Denver University and Harvard University.
Land conservation is one of Klein's priorities. As a board member of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, he serves on the Natural Areas Committee, which aids in overseeing 38 preserves in northeast Ohio. He is also a board member of the Trust for Public Land and was integral in converting the former Richfield Coliseum to a meadow that was gifted to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
As the chairman of the Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, Klein encourages research projects and internship partnerships with colleges and universities. He has also been active with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center and the Cuyahoga Countryside Conservancy.
In addition to his service on numerous conservation-minded committees, Klein is an avid steelhead trout fisherman and enjoys duck and woodcock hunting in Ohio and abroad.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com