Sacramento — James Branham, Undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency, was today named the first Director of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Branham is a former Public Affairs officer for Pacific Lumber of Mendocino. He served in Governor Wilson's Resources Agency and is credited with working to negotiate the purchase of Headwaters Grove from Pacific Lumber.
Branham announced his appointment to coworkers at CAL-EPA in the following statement released on Tuesday:
“I am writing to inform you that I have accepted an offer to become the Executive Officer of the newly-created Sierra Nevada Conservancy. This career opportunity allows me the chance to return to my natural resources “roots”, working a little closer to the trees, streams, critters and people in this great part of the state. It is an exciting job in a new organization with an important mission.
“I have truly enjoyed my almost two years at CalEPA. I have learned a great deal about the issues addressed by CalEPA and its BDOs. I am proud of the many significant environmental protection accomplishments during this time, which have resulted in substantial progress on Governor Schwarzenegger's Environmental Action Plan. I have had the pleasure of working with people with a strong commitment to the mission of CalEPA and for whom I have developed great respect.
“In particular, I want to thank Terry Tamminen for his confidence and trust in me when others were skeptical and Alan Lloyd for continuing the strong working relationship between Secretary and Undersecretary. They both approach the job with passion, integrity and a sense of humor that makes it a pleasure to work with them. I owe them both a debt of gratitude.
“And finally, thanks to all of you for making the past couple of years so enjoyable, if occasionally challenging. I am hopeful our paths will cross again in my new role. In the meantime, I wish you continued success in your efforts to carry out the important mission of CalEPA and the BDOs.”