Sacramento, CA — The state resources agency has selected the first executive officer of the new Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Resource Secretary Mike Chrisman announced the appointment of Jim Branham to the position this week.
Branham assumed his new duties October 24th. Branham had been the Undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency since being appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2003.
Branham has been working on the state´s environmental and natural resource policy issues for more than 25 years.
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy was established in January to allocate funding for environmental preservation and to provide economic support for Northern and Central California.
The conservancy provides grants to local governments for such projects as resource conservation, environmental protection recreation and economic growth. It covers 22 counties and more than 200 communities.