FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2011
Governor Kasich Appoints New Ohio Wildlife Council Members
New Members are from Ashtabula and Greene counties
COLUMBUS, OH – Paul P. Mechling, II, Pierpont, and Karen Stewart-Linkhart, Xenia, were appointed by Governor John Kasich to four-year terms on the Ohio Wildlife Council, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
Both Stewart-Linkhart and Mechling will serve on the council until 2015. Stewart-Linkhart replaces Dominic Marchese of Farmdale. Mechling replaces Lee C. Howley of Vermilion.
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.
Mechling is a doctor of veterinary medicine from Ashtabula County, where he is co-owner in two practices providing large and small animal care and surgery. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Mechling and his wife, Joanne, operate the 236-acre Snowy Oak Tree Farm where they have planted more than 100,000 trees, created wetlands, and provided food plots for wildlife. He operates Mechling’s Maple Farm, producer of pure Ohio maple syrup, and is also involved with management of the 325-acre family farm near Thornville that produces grain and timber.
Mechling has been involved with the National Wild Turkey Federation, serving as state president, chairman, and as a member of the board of directors. He received the Outstanding Sportsman’s Award in 1994 and was the National Hunting Heritage Award winner for private lands conservation in 2008. He is on the Board of Supervisors for the Ashtabula Soil and Water Conservation District where he currently serves as chairman. He is also a member of both the Ohio Tree Farm Committee and the Ashtabula Scenic River Advisory Council. The Mechlings have two children and three grandchildren.
Stewart-Linkhart is a graduate of Wright State University with a degree in English, and is a teacher with the Xenia School system. She is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio State Trappers Association, and, with her husband, Dave, is a director of the National and International Affairs for the National Trappers Association. As a 4-H advisor for more than 25 years, Stewart-Linkhart was a key leader in the creation of conservation projects.
Stewart-Linkhart and her husband operate a 700-acre grain and livestock farm in Greene County, raising cattle and a few bison. They have also restored a wetland and reverted a pasture back to natural grass prairie on the family farm. The Linkharts have two grown daughters. Besides hunting and trapping, Stewart-Linkhart enjoys backpacking, canoeing, and camping.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at ohiodnr.com.
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For further information, contact:
Vicki Mountz, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614. 265. 6393
Ray Petering, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614. 265. 6345
Sue Howard, ODNR Division of Wildlife
614. 265. 6656