Monday, January 30, 2012

Lowcountry resident to be new SCDNR Director

SCDNR Press Release:

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources Board named Col. Alvin Taylor as permanent director of the agency during the regular Board meeting on Jan. 26 in Columbia. Taylor replaces John Frampton, who is retiring in March.

Taylor of Yonges Island in Charleston County, replaced Col. J. Alvin Wright as deputy director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division in 2004.

SCDNR Exec. Director Alvin Taylor
A 1976 graduate of Clemson University, Taylor completed training at the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Training Center in Yorktown, Va., in 1976 and graduated from the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy in 1977. 

In 1977, Taylor joined the state Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, predecessor of the DNR, as a private first class, teaching boating education classes and investigating recreational boating accidents statewide.

He has served as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, supervising the DNR boating safety and hunter education programs, various law enforcement regions of the state and the agency's coastal marine law enforcement operations.

I'd like to add that Taylor has been a regular presence at SCDNR Board meetings for years. He is also well-known to those who frequent events such as the Rockville Regatta, SEWE, the Governor's Cup, safety check efforts and other gatherings in the Lowcountry. All of the South Carolina Outdoors will benefit from the leadership that Taylor will deliver in 2012 and beyond.

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