President-elect Barack Obama will soon make two appointments critical to the welfare of our nation’s fish and wildlife: Secretary of the Interior and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Here’s the short list for each, from the Washington Post:

_Few federal agencies are expected to undergo as radical a transformation under President-elect Barack Obama as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Interior Department, which have been at the epicenter of many of the Bush administration’s most intense scientific and environmental controversies. . . .

There is a long list of Democrats vying to take the helm of both agencies. The two leading contenders for EPA administrator are Mary Nichols. . . who chairs the California Air Resources Board, and Lisa Jackson, who is in the midst of switching from heading New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection to serving as chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine. . . .

The list for Interior is almost as long. Two House Democrats, Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) and Mike Thompson (Calif.) are contenders, but Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, National Trust for Historic Preservation President Richard Moe, as well as three former Interior officials — David Hayes, John Leshy and Clark at Defenders of Wildlife — have all been mentioned._

Be sure to check out the extended profiles of the top contenders, and see our own Bob Marshall’s “Special Report: A Sportsman In Charge,” about Rep. Mike Thompson. Then tell us who you would like to see (or would hate to see [say, anyone working for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, for example] in each post.