- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Edward Maguire II has been appointed environmental advocate for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP Secretary Austin Caperton announced Maguire’s appointment Tuesday.

Maguire replaces Wendy Radcliff, who was let go last week in a move that drew criticism from environmental groups.

Maguire is president and owner of The Highlands Group, a land broker and consulting company specializing in the conservation of undeveloped properties in West Virginia. He served on a task force that helped secure more than 10,000 acres in southern West Virginia for the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the Boy Scouts of America.

Caperton says Maguire has “a proven track record of success” working with environmental and business groups.

The environmental advocate helps citizens with environmental information and concerns, and fosters communication between the DEP and the public.

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