Chris Recchia will take the post of Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, and Michael Snyder as Commissioner of Forest, Parks and Recreation. Governor Elect Peter Shumlin made the announcement December 30, 2010.”Chris and Mike are great additions to the team at the Agency of Natural Resources,” Shumlin said. “They each have a strong background in environmental protection, experience in managing open and working landscapes, and the management skills needed to ensure the agency’s permitting and other services are offered in a timely and smooth fashion.”Recchia, who is currently Executive Director of Biomass Energy Resource Center in Montpelier, has 27 years of environmental management experience, including serving as Deputy Commissioner and then Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation from 1997 to 2003. In addition, Recchia was director of the Ozone Transport Commission in Washington D.C., where he headed up 12 states and the District of Columbia on coordination of air pollution programs.Snyder has been a Chittenden County forester with the department since 1997, a lecturer with the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and a columnist with Northern Woodlands Magazine. He received a Master of Science in Forestry from UVM in 1990.”With the addition of Chris and Mike we will be able to hit the ground running when we take office next week,” said Markowitz. “I am excited about the great team we have put together and look forward to working with the great staff at ANR to help protect our natural environment, create strong communities, and support our working landscape.”Recchia’s salary will be $95,000; Snyder’s salary will be $88,000.