Justice appoints McMillion as WVa director of natural resources


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Governor Jim Justice named Brett W. McMillion as director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources on Friday.

He succeeds Steve McDaniel, who announced earlier this year that he was retiring and moving into a senior advisory position.

McMillion is from Nettie and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Parks and Recreation. He worked in administrative roles with Panther State Forest, Bluestone State Park, and Pipestem Resort State Park before becoming deputy chief of West Virginia State Parks.

“Brett has done an incredible job as deputy chief of our state park system,” Justice said in a statement. “I know he will do a wonderful job as director of the DNR.”

McMillion said the agency will continue its work promoting outdoor recreation sites in the state.

“I’ve had the privilege of spending my entire career – over a quarter century – working outdoors in West Virginia, so I understand how important our natural resources are to our state’s economy. and our efforts to market ourselves to the world,” he said.

More than $151 million has been invested in state parks and forests over the past five years, while the state has expanded state-owned hunting lands by more than 85,000 acres (34,400 hectares) and improved stocking methods, according to the governor’s statement.

The governor’s office says revenue from hunting and fishing licenses has increased for three straight years, while revenue from state parks last year was 52% higher than four years earlier.


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