Beardsley To Be Named Maine Commissioner
I have confirmed that Bill Beardsley will be presented Tuesday as Governor Paul LePage’s choice to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Conservation.
On November 30, I reported Beardsley as the likely choice, and consider this an exceptionally good appointment.
Beardsley impressed many people, including his opponent Paul LePage, during his 2010 primary campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. While he is widely known for his twenty-three years at Husson College and his extensive work in the field of education, he also offers lots of experience in the fields of forestry and conservation.
It was my pleasure a few years ago to participate in a study by Beardsley of trends in forestland ownership and access. He’s extremely bright and capable.
On Thursday, Beardsley is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a conference on landowner relations organized by the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
Although it’s possible the announcement may come later in the week, folks in the know expect it to be made Tuesday.