Trisha Salvia, Interim Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in Pennsylvania, applauded the nominations of Russell Redding and Cindy Adams Dunn to return as Secretaries of the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture, and Conservation and Natural Resources, respectively.
Redding and Dunn were nominated to retain their Cabinet posts by incoming Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro. Shapiro will be sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 48th Governor on Jan. 17.
Redding previously served as Agriculture Secretary under Governor Ed Rendell from 2009-2011. In 2015, Redding and Dunn were nominated by Governor Tom Wolf and confirmed.
Rich Negrin was nominated by incoming Governor Shapiro and would be the first Latino to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Of the nominations, Ms. Salvia said:
“CBF is thrilled that Russell Redding and Cindy Adams Dunn have been nominated to continue to lead the Departments of Agriculture, and Conservation and Natural Resources. We also welcome the opportunity to work with Mr. Negrin in the capacity of Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.
“Throughout her career Cindy Dunn has been a clean water champion and as Secretary worked tirelessly so that Pennsylvanians can get the most enjoyment from the 2.2 million acres of state forest land and 124 state parks that DCNR oversees.
“Under Secretary Dunn’s leadership, DCNR has made planting streamside buffers a priority practice and has been working with the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership to improve the quality of local rivers and streams.
“As the consummate public servant, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding has been a steady, guiding force at the helm of one of Pennsylvania’s most important industries.
“This would be the third administration for Russ Redding to serve as Secretary of Agriculture, and he has been a stalwart leader and advocate for farmers across the Commonwealth since day one.
“As Pennsylvania’s farmers continue to face economic, social and environmental challenges, we at CBF believe that with Russ Redding’s leadership, the future of agriculture in the Commonwealth is in more than capable hands.
“Mr. Negrin most recently served as the vice president of Regulatory Policy and Strategy and head of external affairs at Commonwealth Edison.
“We wish Mr. Negrin the best of luck and pledge CBF’s continued commitment to working with the Department of Environmental Protection to reduce pollution and provide the clean air and rivers and streams that are the right of every Pennsylvanian.
“We look forward to working with the Departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Environmental Protection, so that we can leave a legacy of clean water for future generations.”