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New Va. forester a familiar face

Friday - 4/11/2014, 5:20pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe has named a new state forester.

Bettina K. Ring is making a return to the Department of Forestry, where she worked for 14 years. She left in 2001 as deputy state forester.

Ring returns to state government after serving as senior vice president of family forests at the American Forest Foundation. She's a graduate of Virginia Tech and received her master's degree from James Madison University.

McAuliffe announced her appointment Friday. He also named Melvin D. Carter executive director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. He had been an officer in Richmond's fire department.

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