Governor Matt Mead announced Tuesday that Milward Simpson will be stepping down as Director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources next month.

Simpson, who was appointed to the director's post in 2006, is taking a job as Director of the Wyoming Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

"Milward has done a great job for Wyoming," said Mead. "He is a strong promoter of Wyoming’s talented artists and writers and has been instrumental in making Wyoming's state parks some of the best in the country."

"I thank Governor Mead for the honor of serving in his administration and thank him for his unflinching support for Wyoming's amazing cultural, natural and recreational resources," said Simpson.

"The opportunity to work with this agency's wonderful employees to promote, develop and sustain Wyoming's parks, historic sites, trails, arts and history these past ten years has been a distinct joy and privilege," Simpson added.

Simpson's last day will be August 24. His replacement hasn't been named yet.