FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 28, 2011
Goldmark appoints new manager to lead DNR operations in South Puget Sound Region
Art Tasker to oversee DNR activities in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Mason counties
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the appointment of Art Tasker to manage the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) South Puget Sound Region. Tasker, who had been the region’s acting manager, will oversee DNR operations in the state’s most populous region.
“Art is well-acquainted with the lands, resources, and communities of the South Puget Sound Region,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “He brings more than 37 years of experience with DNR to the job and has a deep understanding of sustainably managing the natural resources of Washington State’s trust lands.”
From the region headquarters in Enumclaw, Tasker will manage 73 permanent employees and 24 seasonal staff while overseeing operations across a geographically diverse area that includes the urban areas of Seattle and Tacoma, but also thousands of acres of state trust forestlands.
DNR’s South Puget Sound region includes more than 250,000 acres of state trust lands managed for forestry, habitat, and clean water. The region also provides wildfire protection and regulation of forest practices on 1.5 million acres of nonfederal lands.
Within the region are some of DNR’s most popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, including Mount Si, Rattlesnake Mountain and West Tiger Mountain natural areas. Other popular recreation facilities DNR manages in the region are located in the Tahuya, Green Mountain, Elbe Hills and Tahoma state forests.
Tasker joined DNR in 1973 as a forester, working on the Olympic Peninsula. His experience includes managing forest practices, aquatic lands, timber sales, fire suppression, business operations and other programs for DNR. Tasker is a graduate of Washington State University where he earned a bachelor of science in forest management.
DNR manages state trust lands
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. These lands generate more than $200 million a year, much of it to support public schools, state institutions, and county services. These state trust lands provide other public benefits, including public access for outdoor recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, and watersheds for clean water.
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