FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2010
Goldmark appoints new region manager to lead DNR’s Southeast Region
Welker will oversee agency operations for DNR’s largest region
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the appointment of Todd Welker as manager of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) Southeast Region. Welker will oversee DNR programs in 15 counties. Cities in the area include Yakima, Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and the Tri-cities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco.
“Throughout his career at DNR, Todd has become well-acquainted with the people, lands and issues of central and southeastern Washington State,” Commissioner Goldmark said. “Todd’s commitment to wise stewardship and his experience in our fire program make him a good fit to lead DNR’s important Southeast Region operations.”
For the past four years, Todd has been Assistant Division Manager and District Manager for the Rivers District supervising management of state-owned aquatic lands, including lakes and rivers, in eastern and southwestern Washington. Before that, Todd was a fish & wildlife biologist for the agency. For several years, he was one of DNR’s fire investigators.
“I’m especially excited to have the opportunity to work with the great people in Southeast Region as we continue to meet the agency’s goals, missions, and deliverables while, at the same time, continuing our relationships with the communities in which we work,” Welker said, following his appointment.
Welker will begin his new duties in Ellensburg on November 1. He is a graduate of Central Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management.
DNR’s Southeast Region
From the DNR region headquarters in Ellensburg, Welker will oversee DNR’s management of 620,000 acres leased to private operators as orchards, vineyards, cropland, grazing, range lands, communications sites and wind power leases. These lands, along with more than 200,000 acres of forestland in the region, generate non-tax revenue for public schools, universities, and other trust beneficiaries. The region office also implements forest practices regulations and leads wildfire protection of 2 million acres of state and private forestland and other lands in Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.
DNR’s Southeast Region also includes the Ahtanum State Forest and Naneum Ridge State Forest, numerous forest resource production units, 14 recreation sites, and an off-road vehicle park at the Beverly Dunes Recreation Area. About 13,000 acres of DNR-managed lands in the region are conservation lands and include Klickitat Canyon Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), White Salmon Oak NRCA, and several DNR-managed natural area preserves.
DNR is protecting our natural resources
DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. The department also provides wildfire protection for 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands; administers state forest practices rules and surface mine reclamation on state and private lands; gives technical assistance for forestry and mining; and provides financial and grant assistance to local communities and individuals.
DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.
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