FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2011
Progress report released for DNR’s Strategic Plan
Goldmark Agenda keeps focus of state agency on the public interest
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the first year report to the people of Washington on the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Strategic Plan 2010-2014, known as The Goldmark Agenda.
“Despite a challenging economic recession, DNR has made significant headway on sustainable management of state trust lands and protection of public natural resources,” said Goldmark. “This strategic plan guides our work every day and keeps us focused on managing our state’s lands sustainably for generations to come.”
A strategic road map, The Goldmark Agenda sets goals that include agency efficiencies, increasing revenues to trust beneficiaries, Puget Sound cleanup, and strengthening and enforcing forests practices rules to protect water quality and other public resources, among others. While the five-year Strategic Plan’s broader goals were established, milestones were set to measure progress for the first year.
Successes for the first year include:
- Creating the Community Forest Trust—a tool that will help protect forestlands from conversion to development.
- Dedicating two new aquatic reserves: Smith & Minor Islands and Protection Island.
- Developing two biomass pilot projects.
- Reducing our vehicle fleet by 125, slashing $3 million from our budget.
Seizing opportunities that arose and moving them forward resulted in additional important achievements, especially those that help bridge the gap in funding caused by the budget crisis. For instance:
- Implementation of the Discover Pass with our sister agencies for recreation on state lands managed by DNR, Parks Commission, and Fish and Wildlife.
- Creation of the Puget SoundCorp to perform cleanup and restoration projects while putting returning veterans to work, and creating efficiencies by consolidating the new works program with the Washington Conservation Corps in the state Department of Ecology.
Peter Goldmark is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.
Click here for the complete Strategic Plan Milestones and Performance, Year 1. Currently, the agency is working on milestones for year two.
Media Contact: Bryan Flint, Director of Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1023, firstname.lastname@example.org
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