Former radio morning man and member of the Maine House of Representatives, Bob Duchesne, has been appointed to the Board of Environmental Protection.

Governor Janet Mills announced the nomination on Monday, calling Bob a "dedicated sportsman with more than a decade of experience" protecting Maine's environment.

"Bob's love for the great Maine outdoors, his knowledge and his experience will be an important contribution to the Board's efforts to enforce Maine's environmental protection laws and defend our natural resources," Mills said in a media release.

Maine's Board of Environmental Protection (BEP) is an independent seven-member board established by the Legislature that's tasked with providing informed, timely, and independent decisions on environmental protection laws. The board's responsibilities include substantive rule-making, review of certain license applications, decisions on appeals of the Commissioner's licensing and enforcement actions, and recommending changes in the law to the Legislature.

Duchesne says he's honored to return to public service, after leaving the Legislature last year and to "continue the work of protecting Maine's environment and natural resources which have played such an important part in my life and in the lives of every Mainer."

I first met Bob Duchesne as I started my career in Country radio, when he was working as the morning show host. (and my boss!) Bob has always been very active in charitable work, including acting as President of Downeast Big Brothers Big Sisters, Maine Audubon, and the Maine Association of Broadcasters. He's worked on several economic and business development boards, as well. His career with the Legislature began in 2005, and he served six non-consecutive terms. During that time, he also chaired both the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, while starting his own guide business.

I've always teased Bob that he's the busiest 'retired' person I've ever met. My sincerest congratulations to Bob Duchesne on this nomination and best wishes in the future. I know he'll continue to be a great asset to our state.