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MEC praises choice of Becky Humphries to lead MDNRE

Jan 13, 2010
The Michigan Environmental Council today praised Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s selection of Becky Humphries to lead the new Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

Humphries, formerly director of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will oversee the agency created by the merger of the DNR and the state Department of Environmental Quality.

“Becky Humphries is a proven leader with a strong commitment to the protection and sound management of the state’s natural resources,” said Chris Kolb, president of the Michigan Environmental Council. “She combines solid executive and managerial experience with a passion for the state’s environmental health and an open-door approach to public input on important conservation issues.”

Humphries was the preferred choice of virtually the entire Michigan environmental and conservation community. That support was based on her track record of accessibility, willingness to take public input from myriad stakeholders, and pragmatic approach to solving problems confronting the state’s natural resources.

Kolb said her challenge will be to effectively operate an agency whose core services have been decimated by budget cuts during the past decade.

“This is a good day for Michiganders who care about our Great Lakes, great cities and great forests and the economic activity and health benefits that they generate,” said Kolb. “But the real challenge is to find stable, secure funding sources to ensure that these ‘Pure Michigan’ resources continue to be the foundation of a strong economy and high quality of life.”

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