Director Of Coastal Conservation League Stepping Down

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The director of one of South Carolina's most influential environmental groups is stepping down, prompting a nationwide search for her replacement.

Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Laura Cantral is leaving at the end of December, the organization said in a Wednesday news release.

Cantral took over the organization four years ago after the Conservation League's founder and long-time leader Dana Beach stepped down. The group has worked to oppose offshore drilling, preserve fragile coastal ecosystems against development and advocate to protect other natural resources along the state's coast.

“When I arrived in late 2017, I knew I was stepping into a unique role—one of leader, manager, strategist, advocate, fundraiser, and steward all rolled into one,” Cantral wrote in a memo to the group's board. "I could not have known the challenges and opportunities we would face over the course of the last four years, and I’m grateful for a wonderful staff and a supportive Board of Directors who, together, made all of our work possible.”

The organization said Cantral is departing for personal family reasons and will move to Atlanta next year.

The group's board of directors will begin searching for a replacement in the coming weeks.