A native of the Upper Peninsula, Matonich is a longtime advocate of the wise use of natural resources and enjoys many outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, and trail riding with both snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. He is a member of the Flint and Upper Peninsula chapters of Safari Club International, the National Rifle Association, and the Michigan United Conservation Club.
“I am honored to have been reappointed by Governor Snyder to be a member of the NRC,” Matonich said. “Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission has an important role to play in the use of our state’s natural resources, which are truly Michigan’s crown jewels. I hope to continue to be a positive contributor to the diverse issues facing our natural resources.”
Matonich currently serves as vice chairman of the NRC as well as chair of the Policy Committee on Wildlife and Fisheries. The NRC is a seven-member public body that establishes general policies for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. By virtue of the voter-adoption of Proposal G in November 1996, the NRC has exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game in Michigan, and by P.A. of 2013, the NRC also has responsibilities for the harvesting of fish. Members are appointed by the governor and subject to the advice and consent of the Michigan Senate. Matonich’s term will expire December 31, 2017.