LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Erin McDonough, of Williamston, to the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board.
The board oversees the fund, which has been in place since 1976. It provides financial assistance to local governments and the Department of Natural Resources to purchase land or land rights for public recreation, protection of land because of environmental importance or scenic beauty and to develop public outdoor recreation projects.
“Erin is a talented and dedicated appointee and I am confident she will help the board continue to protect Michigan’s natural resources and provide excellent public outdoor recreation opportunities,” Snyder said. “I thank Bob Garner for his years of service on the board and for his commitment to conservation in our great state.”
McDonough is the executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), where she promotes conservation through education in public and private sectors, directs all approved programs and projects and oversees day-to-day administration. Prior to becoming the executive director, McDonough served as director of the institute for conservation education with MUCC, resource policy specialist with MUCC, water resources coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, and volunteer and stewardship coordinator for the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.
McDonough holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in resource development from the University of Michigan. She will replace Robert Garner, who resigned.
McDonough will serve the remainder of a four-year term expiring Oct. 1, 2013, and her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.
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