New California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed a green activist to head the state’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a timber industry executive as deputy.

Mr Schwarzenegger named Terry Tamminen, the former executive director of Environment Now, as EPA secretary and James Branham, an executive with Pacific Lumber, as second-in-charge.

The governor’s office said the appointments reflected the broad and diverse viewpoints which Mr Schwarzenegger wanted to bring into his administration.