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DNR Announces New Directors


(Anchorage, AK) – Commissioner Dan S. Sullivan is pleased to announce two appointments in the Department of Natural Resources; Tom Crafford, Director, Office of Project Management & Permitting, and Ben Ellis, Director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.  “Both gentlemen are a tremendous asset to the department and to the people of Alaska.  I look forward to having them on board as we look ahead to challenging projects in our future” says Commissioner Sullivan.

Tom Crafford, the Director of the Office of Project Management & Permitting has years of mining and geological experience in Alaska dating back to 1974.  Since 2005 Mr. Crafford has been a valuable part of DNR with a focus on the management of the permitting process for large mining projects.

Ben Ellis, Director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation comes to DNR from his own company most recently, and the Institute of the North where he focused on international arctic issues.  Mr. Ellis also has an extensive background in recreational policy development, media, public relations, and fund-raising.  He’s been in Alaska since 1990, living on the Kenai Peninsula and in Anchorage.

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