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May 5, 2015

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced the appointment of Erin Crain to serve as deputy administrator for the Land Division.

Crain is a 23-year veteran of the department. She replaces Sanjay Olson, who was appointed Land Division administrator after former Land leader Kurt Thiede was promoted to DNR deputy secretary.

"Erin is one of our rising stars," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "We're excited to see her take this next step and look forward to her leadership and input at this level of the agency."

Crain served as a section chief in both Science Services and Endangered Resources and most recently served as the director of the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation.

"Erin has helped our natural heritage program become recognized for its commitment to scientific excellence, innovation and great customer service," said Olson.

Crain has master's degrees in Ecological Restoration and Information Science and a bachelor's degree in International Economics.

The Lands Division consists of the bureaus of Facilities and Lands, Natural Heritage Conservation, Parks and Recreation and Wildlife Management.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Cosh, communications, 608-267-2773

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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