West Virginia forestry director dies in accident

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Barry Cook

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The director of the West Virginia Division of Forestry has died.

Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday that forestry department director Barry Cook died from a “terrible accident.” He offered no additional details during a daily news conference.

Commerce department spokesman Andy Malinoski says Cook died Saturday. He did not release a cause of death. A funeral home obituary said Cook died at 70 years old. Cook was born in Williamson, West Virginia and had a roughly 50-year career in forestry.

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