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Special Announcement
September 23, 2003

Contact: Ed Wilson
Mark Oldfield
Don Drysdale
(916) 323-1886

Dennis O'Bryant Takes Reins of DOC
Division of Land Resource Protection

Dennis O’Bryant, who has served the California Department of Conservation in a variety of capacities, will become acting Assistant Director for the Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) effective October 6 following the departure of Erik Vink.

“Dennis is well-regarded by everyone in DLRP, and the Division will be in good hands through this transition,” DOC Director Darryl Young said, adding it was uncertain when the Governor’s Office would name a permanent replacement for Vink.

Vink has accepted the position of Senior Project Manager for the Central Valley with the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization that has extensive operations in California.

O’Bryant started his career in state service in 1976 with the Department of Food and Agriculture, then the Department of Parks and Recreation. He joined DOC in 1981 and worked on land conservation programs. After two years, he moved to the Department’s Office of Governmental and Environmental Relations as environmental coordinator. In 1990, he was chosen to head the Office of Mine Reclamation. O’Bryant left DOC to work on the CalFED Bay-Delta Project for two years, returning to DLRP in 2000 to serve as program manager for the Williamson Act and Resource Conservation District Assistance programs.

“I hate to see Erik go,” O’Bryant said. “He has been a pleasure to work with. But I’m willing to accept the challenge of leading the Division of Land Resource Protection. When the Department needs me, I’ll do whatever I can to help.”

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