Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today announced that Ronald Amidon will serve as Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game. Amidon replaces outgoing Commissioner George N. Peterson, Jr. who is retiring after 32 years of state and local service, including two and a half years as Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game.\u00a0\n\n\u201cI thank Commissioner Peterson for his dedication to the Commonwealth, his continued commitment to the preservation of our natural resources, and his unwavering support of marine and freshwater fisheries, and wildlife species,\u201d said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cRon knows the Commonwealth\u2019s fisheries and wildlife as well as land protection responsibilities, and I look forward to working with him to continue the Baker-Polito Administration\u2019s support of the Commonwealth\u2019s wildlife, open spaces, and outdoor educational programs.\u201d\n\n\u201cI want to thank Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, and Secretary Beaton for the wonderful opportunity to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game,\u201d said Commissioner Peterson.\u00a0\u201cThrough the tireless work of the professionals within the Department of Fish and Game, we have made tremendous strides towards our combined mission to protect the Commonwealth\u2019s wildlife, natural surroundings, and outdoors educational programs. I am confident in Ron\u2019s ability to lead the Department, and I wish him continued success as he works to protect and enhance the Commonwealth\u2019s outdoor resources.\u201d\n\nUnder Commissioner Peterson\u2019s leadership, the Department of Fish and Game made tremendous strides in wildlife protection, land preservation and habitat management, including efforts to protect the commercial fishing industry through the use of an Industry Based Survey, the construction of a nearly mile-long water pipeline and hydropower turbine at the McLaughlin Fish Hatchery, fishing and boating access projects around the Commonwealth, and river restoration efforts statewide.\n\n\u201cI am honored to join the Baker-Polito Administration, and am excited for the opportunity to work with Secretary Beaton and the dedicated staff within the Department of Fish and Game to preserve the Commonwealth\u2019s cherished natural resources while promoting and protecting our state\u2019s wildlife,\u201d said Ron Amidon. \u201cI thank Secretary Beaton, Governor Baker, and Lieutenant Governor Polito for asking me to serve as Commissioner, and I look forward to working with the staff they have assembled within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.\u201d\n\u201cI extend my heartfelt thanks and all the best to Commissioner Peterson as he ends a long and dedicated public service career,\u201d said State Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.\u00a0\u201cIt has been a pleasure to work with him and to witness firsthand his commitment to our natural resources and helping to keep our fisheries and wildlife conservation vibrant. I am very pleased that such wonderful advocacy will continue with the new Commissioner, Ron Amidon. I have known Ron for 15 years and his reasoned and ethical approach to dealing with issues and his absolute love of the outdoors will serve not only the sportsmen and women but all in the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\n\u201cWe have enjoyed our collaboration with Commissioner Peterson on conserving wildlife habitat and we wish him well,\u201d said Wayne Klockner, state director for the Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. \u201cWe look forward to a productive partnership with Commissioner Amidon.\u201d\n\nRonald Amidon, Commissioner, Department of Fish and Game\n\nRon Amidon enters public service having had a distinguished career in large-scale construction management as well as an extensive background in wildlife preservation, recreational hunting and fishing, land stewardship, and habitat management.\n\nPrior to public service, Ron spent over 30 years actively involved in the Commonwealth\u2019s sportsmen community. In addition to serving as the President of the Otter River Sportsmen\u2019s Club, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Worcester County League of Sportsmen\u2019s Clubs, President of the Gun Owners Action League, and Moderator of the Massachusetts Conservation Alliance, Ron has dedicated countless years to ensuring the preservation of wildlife and natural resources.\u00a0\n\nAmidon lives with his family in Templeton and is active in many organizations including Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and continues his work identifying cold water refuges for trout and the restoration of upland bird habitat.