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South Carolina Director of Natural Resources
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $80,941,407
Term limits:  None
Authority:  South Carolina Code, Section 48-4-10
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governing board
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Alvin A. Taylor
Assumed office:  December 8, 2011
Compensation:  $121,380
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The South Carolina Director of Natural Resources is an appointed executive position in the South Carolina state government. The commissioner is responsible for managing the state's land and water conservation and marine and wildlife resources.

The Department of Natural Resources was organized on July 1, 1994. It combined the former Wildlife and Marine Resources Department, Water Resources Commission (non-regulatory programs), Land Resources Commission (non-regulatory programs), State Geological Survey (State Geologist), and S.C. Migratory Waterfowl Committee.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Alvin A. Taylor. On December 8, 2011, the seven-member South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Board named Taylor Acting Director of the agency, and on March 17, 2012, he became the agency’s permanent Director.[2]


The Department of Natural Resources is established in Section 48-4-10 of the South Carolina Code of Laws.[3]

Section 48-4-10:

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is created to administer and enforce the laws of this State relating to wildlife, marine resources, and natural resources and other laws specifically assigned to it...


There are no specific qualifications for director of natural resources.


The Director of Natural Resources is appointed by the governing board (who are appointed by the governor) upon the advice and consent of the Senate.[3]


In the event of a vacancy in the position is filled by the governing board upon the advice and consent of the Senate.[3]


The director is responsible for the following boards and commissions:

  • Geological Survey of the Research and Statistical Division of the Budget and Control Board
  • State Land Resources Conservation Commission
  • South Carolina Migratory Waterfowl Commission
  • Water Resources Commission
  • South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Commission


  • Executive Office
  • Land, Water and Conservation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Marine Resources
  • Outreach and Support Services
  • Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

State budget

The budget for the Department of Natural Resources in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $80,941,407.[4]


In 2010, the South Carolina Director of Natural Resources was paid an estimated $121,380 according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Contact information

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Rembert C. Dennis Building
1000 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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