LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bill O'Neill has been named natural resources deputy for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

DNR Director Keith Creagh says O'Neill's appointment will be effective Aug. 13. O'Neill replaces Bill Moritz, who is leaving the agency to work for the Wildlife Management Institute.

O'Neill is a 31-year veteran of the DNR who has served most recently as chief of the Forest Resources Division.

As natural resources deputy, he will oversee DNR divisions dealing with Michigan's wildlife and fisheries, state forests and state parks, minerals and law enforcement.