Office of Environmental Advocate

Ed Maguire began serving West Virginians and the DEP as the Environmental Advocate on February 1, 2017.

Since 1990, Maguire has served as the president and owner of The Highlands Group, Inc., a land broker and consulting company that specializes in the conservation of undeveloped properties in West Virginia. 

Maguire was the first state director for The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia.

Maguire served on the task force that helped secure more than 10,000 acres of land for the Summit Bechtel Reserve for the Boy Scouts of America. Maguire also recently assisted in the acquisition of more than 1,200 acres of land in the Gauley River Canyon on behalf of Young Life, an international non-denominational Christian ministry organization. Maguire also serves on the board for the West Virginia Outdoor Heritage and Conservation Fund as the Conservation Committee Chairman.

The Environmental Advocate provides daily assistance to the public. The Environmental Advocate handles telephone requests or complaints on the office's toll-free telephone. Requests for assistance can include questions about the public comment process; how to appeal agency decisions; how to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request; and the best method for getting agency attention for a community problem.

Environmental Advocate Office

Phone: (304) 926-0441 / 866-568-6649