DNRE Director Rebecca Humphries to step down

Election time often brings more change than just elected officials.

We received word today that the Rebecca Humphries, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment is stepping down. Humphries has been a solid supporter of our state parks and trails.

In fact, she was responsible for opening the trails to mountain biking at Cannonsburg State Game Area earlier in her career – no small feat.

She’s always been approachable and balanced. She’ll certainly be missed.

Here is the notice she sent today.

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know personally that I have accepted an offer from Ducks Unlimited to be the director of DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office based in Ann Arbor, beginning in January. Ducks Unlimited is an organization I have long respected, and this opportunity will allow me to continue my career in conservation.

We have made much progress in the last several months in implementing the Governor’s transition plan for our new agency. I am proud of the work we do every day to protect the environment and manage our natural resources. I am confident that this work will continue under the new administration, and that you all will sustain the same level of commitment and dedication that I have witnessed in everything you do, from the day-to-day work to the crisis situations.

For 32 years, I have been an employee of this department, and like many of you, I have worked through its many iterations and transitions. While some things change, your professionalism and passion remain steadfast, and are clearly evident in what you do.

In the next two months, we will continue to work together on the issues that affect our natural resources and environment and prepare for a smooth transition with the new administration. It has been an honor for me to work with all of you, and our paths may likely cross again in my future role with Ducks Unlimited. If you are ever in the area of my new office in Ann Arbor, please stop by to say hello.

Becky

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