Frank Jezioro is retiring from the Division of Natural Resources. From the governor’s office this morning:
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the retirement of Frank Jezioro, longtime director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Gov. Tomblin thanked Jezioro for his many years of dedication and service to the state. Director Jezioro plans to retire on December 31, 2014.
“I truly appreciate the service that Frank Jezioro has rendered to the people of West Virginia,” said Gov. Tomblin. “Over the past 10 years, Frank has spearheaded innumerable improvements to our state’s public lands and has fought tirelessly to protect our natural resources. Every West Virginian should be grateful for his contributions. He will be sorely missed.”
“Frank is of the longest serving director in the history of the DNR, and it’s been my pleasure to work with him over the past four years,” said Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette. “Anyone fortunate enough to know Frank knows that he is a passionate advocate for our state’s natural resources. He leaves a legacy that will last for years and years to come.”
Since appointed in January of 2005, Director Jezioro has overseen many important projects at DNR, including the creation of the senior lifetime hunting and fishing license, major renovations at Canaan Valley Resort State Park, and the creation of the Governor’s One Shot event.
When asked to name his most important accomplishment as Director, Jezioro said, “I am proud of the fact that over the years we have guaranteed public access to thousands of acres of land for our hunters, anglers, hikers and all lovers of God’s great outdoors. We created new wildlife management areas and guaranteed public access to the Cheat Canyon and the upper Elk River for as long as the wind blows and the grass grows.”
“My job was easy,” Jezioro continued, “because I had the support of the state’s sportsmen and sportswomen, and above all, the support of the governors under whom I’ve had the honor of serving. For those wondering what I am going to do in retirement: I am going to enjoy the holidays and take my grandchildren hunting.”
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West Virginia tourism (Gazette)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. penned an opinion piece about coal for the NY Times.
He focuses on the indictment of Don Blankenship and the recent rejection of the settlement between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and Frasure Creek Mining.
“These cases are only the most high-profile examples of a subversion of democracy in Appalachia, where the outsize influence and campaign donations of King Coal sway politicians and weaken agencies. In Kentucky and throughout the region, toxins, many of them potentially lethal, have leached from coal mine debris and illegally contaminated countless miles of rivers and streams. The Clean Water Act requires that coal companies report the toxic constituents of these discharges to state officials and the Environmental Protection Agency. Accurate self-reporting is the linchpin of the Clean Water Act.”
Kennedy Jr. concludes:
“The Kentucky judgment and the indictment of Mr. Blankenship are two steps in the right direction, but there is a long way to go. If we are to save Appalachia, we first need to save our democracy by getting the dirty money out of politics. As long as campaigns are fueled by donations from King Coal, state agencies and politicians in Kentucky and West Virginia will continue to be servile cogs in a destructive machine. That mechanism is uprooting America’s purple mountain majesty, poisoning its rivers and people, and destroying the communities of Appalachia.”
You can read the entire op ed here.
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