Staff photo by Allison Potter
Richard Edwards stands at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission public boat ramp in Wrightsville Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Edwards has been appointed commissioner-at-large, taking the place of Steve Windham.
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission swore in Richard Edwards as a commissioner-at-large during a Jan. 17 meeting.
Senator Bill Rabon, (R-Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender District 8), administered the oath of office.
Edwards will join 18 other wildlife commissioners on the regulatory agency responsible for enforcing North Carolina laws and policies regarding hunting, fishing, trapping and boating.
The NCWRC was created in 1947 to help conserve and sustain natural resources and wildlife in the state.
“Our goal is to help protect the future of the state’s wildlife and resources,” Edwards said.
A press release distributed by the NCWRC describes Edwards as “an enthusiastic conservationist who enjoys big game hunting, along with inshore and offshore fishing.” He is also a member of Ducks Unlimited, and a supporter of Boy Scouts of America.
At 35 years old, Edwards said he believes he is in a good position to relate to the younger generation, and aims to use his position to help get more youth involved in hunting and fishing.
“My generation, we have kids who are up and coming,” Edwards said. “The youth numbers are down a little bit. I want to try to get those numbers back up.”
Edwards said he would like to do that by using his position serving on the NCWRC’s Youth Committee to create more youth-specific public opportunities involving hunting and fishing.
In addition to the youth committee, Edwards will also be serving on the NCWRC’s Big Game Committee and Water Fowl Committee.
Appointments to the NCWRC are made by the Governor, the Speaker of the State House and the President Pro-Tem of the State Senate. Edwards was appointed by former Gov. Bev Perdue, and replaces Steve Windham. His term expires Jun. 30, 2013. At that time he will be up for reappointment or replacement.
“It is truly humbling and a great honor to be part of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission,” Edwards stated in the press release. “I look forward to serving the people, protecting the future of our wildlife and assisting youth sportsmen across the state.”
Edwards was born in Wilmington and moved to Whiteville when he was 2 years old. After graduating from Greensboro College, he began working in the dental supply industry.
This work eventually brought Edwards back to Wilmington, where he lives with wife Jessica Riffle Edwards and 17-month-old daughter Maggie Jean. Edwards currently works as a field consultant for Henry Schein Dental, a distributor of healthcare products and services.