Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter appointed Tim Murphy of Boise to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday.

Murphy, a former director of the federal Bureau of Land Management in Idaho, replaces Blake Fischer, who resigned last month.

The appointment is effective immediately, and Murphy will face Idaho Senate confirmation during the upcoming legislative session.

In addition to his tenure at the BLM, Murphy worked for a decade as the director of fire and aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. According to a news release from the governor’s office, in his professional life Murphy has focused on seeking collaborative solutions to challenges affecting the management of wildlife habitat, livestock grazing, energy transmission, recreation and access to public lands.

On the commission he hopes to work collaboratively with private landowners to help maintain open spaces and wildlife habitat associated with agriculture. He said as Idaho continues to grow it will be critical to find ways to help farmers and ranchers stay on their land.

“Where there are opportunities to support those in agriculture remaining in that enterprise and maintaining that open space that provides wildlife habitat and migration corridors and spring brooding and rearing habitat for upland game birds and winter range for deer and elk, I want to participate as a commissioner in bringing that to the table,” Murphy said.

He has followed the recent decision by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to close the steelhead fishing season after Dec. 7. He said he is hopeful the state and federal government can work together to restore steelhead angling by March.

Murphy is a longtime hunter and an angler. He likes to fish for trout in small streams and in mountain lakes and to hunt for mule deer and pronghorn. He said a family matter has kept him busy the past few falls and prevented him from hunting.

“I continue to focus on fishing and will return to hunting as family matters allow,” he said.

Otter asked for and received the resignation of Fischer, of Meridian, last month following a public outcry when the commissioner shared pictures of baboons and other animals he killed on a hunting trip in Africa. The resignation left the commission with only six members.

“I’m grateful to Tim for stepping up once again and serving the public,” Otter said. “For almost 40 years, Tim has shown a capacity for leadership and applying strategic thinking to natural resource management issues. I have no doubt that Tim’s addition to our Fish and Game Commission will enhance the commission and complement the professionalism we expect in the management of this most precious resource.”

Murphy and his wife, Mary, live in Boise and have three adult children.

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