ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state director of the National Parks Conservation Association has been chosen to head the state Division of Habitat.
William ''Chip'' Dennerlein, 51, a former state parks director, was picked for the job Tuesday by Gov. Tony Knowles.
''Chip Dennerlein knows the land, resources, communities, people, and challenges of rural and urban Alaska firsthand,'' Knowles said.
Dennerlein worked as a special assistant in the Department of Natural Resources during the administration of Gov. Jay Hammond. He worked as executive manager of public services and intergovernmental affairs for the Municipality of Anchorage during Knowles' two terms as mayor.
In private business, Dennerlein has managed a commercial fishing company and consulted with Alaska Native corporations on projects ranging from land exchanges and conservation agreements to oil and gas exploration and development.
At the National Parks Conservation Association, he worked to protect and enhance national park units.
The Legislature in May rejected Dennerlein's appointment to the state Board of Game.
Dennerlein will earn approximately $72,000 annually in his new job. He begins Jan. 7.
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