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Snyder makes reappointment to Natural Resources Trust Fund Board

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointment of Erin McDonough, of Williamston, to the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board. She was appointed to the board in August to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Bob Garner.

The board oversees the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The fund has been in place since 1976. It provides financial assistance to local governments and the Department of Natural Resources to purchase land or rights in land for public recreation or protection of land because of its environmental importance or its scenic beauty. The program also provides funding for recreation development projects such as trail and park development.

“Protecting Michigan’s natural resources and providing outdoor recreation opportunities is an important priority and I am pleased to have Erin in this position,” Snyder said.

McDonough is executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) where she promotes conservation through education at all levels of the public, private and government sectors, directs all approved programs and projects and oversees day to day administration. Prior to becoming 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.

McDonough will serve a four-year term expiring Oct. 1, 2017, and her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.