DENVER " A Colorado conservationist and former congressional candidate has been named the Interior Department's deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Will Shafroth's appointment Tuesday.
Shafroth was a founding director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund, which distributes Colorado Lottery proceeds for wildlife, parks, rivers, trails and open space.
Salazar, a former Colorado senator, worked with Shafroth on Great Outdoors Colorado. Shafroth served as GOCO's executive director from 1994 to 2000.
"Will and I have worked together on natural resource conservation issues for more than 15 years," Salazar said in a written statement. "We share a passion for working with a broad range of interests, including ranchers, conservationists, businesspeople, public officials, and recreationists, to find common ground and forge common sense solutions."
Shafroth was also a founding director of the Colorado Conservation Trust.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District last year. Jared Polis won the primary and the seat in November.
From 1991 to 1994, Shafroth was assistant secretary for Land and Coastal Resources in the California Resources Agency. He helped negotiate the creation of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and develop offshore oil transportation policy.
Shafroth was Western regional director of the American Farmland Trust. He helped develop local and state legislation worked to preserve farms and ranches in six states.