Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday the reappointment of Loyce W. Turner of Valdosta to the Department of Natural Resources.

Turner, a retired veterinarian, served as a Georgia state senator for 23 years and is currently an emeritus director of First State Bank and Trust Co. and Synovus Financial Corporation. Turner, 78, is the First Congressional District representative on the state board. He has served for seven years and was named chairman of the board last year.

Turner said, “I’m very pleased to serve on the board. The natural resources of our state are very important to me for the future of our state as well as to the children and their future. I appreciate being reappointed and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve in that capacity.”

The state’s Department of Natural Resources was established by former Gov. Jimmy Carter in 1972 with a mission to protect and enhance Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources as well as to promote sound environmental practices.

According to the state’s Web site, DNR employs more than 2,000 with seven major divisions in the department: Coastal Resources; Environmental Protection; Historic Preservation; Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites; Pollution Prevention Assistance; Program Support and Wildlife Resources.

Turner is a member of the Georgia Farm Bureau, the Valdosta- Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and is an honorary Rotarian. He received a degree in veterinary medicine from Auburn University and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Banking. He survives his wife, Annette, for whom the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts is named, and has three children and five grandchildren.

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