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Groups oppose Ige's land and natural resources nominee

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Nearly two dozen environmental groups are calling on Gov. David Ige to withdraw his nomination of development executive Carleton Ching to lead the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The groups signed a statement Monday saying Ching lacked expertise in areas the department oversees including forests, coral reefs, fishing and hunting.

Twenty-two groups signed the statement including the Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Conservation Council for Hawaii and Maui Tomorrow.

Anthony Aalto of the Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter says 5,000 people have signed an online petition opposing the appointment.

Ching is currently vice president of community and government relations at Castle & Cooke Hawaii. He handles real estate, agriculture and renewable energy projects at the firm.

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