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Appointment of New Department of Natural Resources Directors

Sara Longan, appointed director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting.

Sara Longan, appointed director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting.

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The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Sara Longan of Anchorage and Steve Masterman of Fairbanks have been appointed directors in the department.

Longan has been appointed director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting. She has worked for the state more than nine years, most recently as deputy director of the permitting office, where she was responsible for the permitting and administration of large-scale oil and gas, transportation, and clean energy projects. Prior to that, she was the policy and legislative advisor in the Division of Oil and Gas. Longan spent many years managing the Biological Analysis section of the Environmental Health Laboratory for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Prior to working for the state, Longan managed environmental science and water quality laboratories.

Longan earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Natural Resources and a Master of Science in ecotoxicology from Oklahoma State University. Longan also holds a Doctorate in Public Health with a special focus on Health, Safety, and Environment.

Masterman, appointed director of the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys.

Steve Masterman has been appointed director of the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys. He joined the division in 2013 as Division Operations Manager and since November served as acting director. He has worked for the State of Alaska for the past 10 years.

Masterman arrived in Alaska in 1983, and has made it home for most of the past 30 years. He has 20 years of experience in the mineral industry, including generative exploration in Alaska, near-mine exploration in Peru and mine geology in Nevada. In 2004, he joined the Alaska Department of Transportation where he managed the Northern Region’s Engineering Geology program.

Masterman earned a Bachelor of Science in mining geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and a Master of Science in geological engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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