For Immediate Release
April 3, 2014
Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark announces quarterly award for DNR employees
Deb Palmer and Dennis Flynn led recovery effort after DNR facility was destroyed in 2013 fire
OLYMPIA – Two Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employees were honored earlier this week for ensuring workplace safety and minimizing business disruption after a fire destroyed DNR’s Olympic Region maintenance facility and auto shop in Forks in early 2013.
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presented the department’s Supernova Award to Deb Palmer, Assistant Region Manager for Business and Operations for DNR’s Olympic Region, and Dennis Flynn, Assistant Manager in the Engineering and General Services Division.
In announcing the Supernova Award, which honors outstanding performance, Commissioner Goldmark praised the leadership that Palmer and Flynn provided to ensure workplace safety and minimal disruption to DNR’s services following the fire.
“Deb and Dennis provided leadership, direction, and the necessary positive energy to respond to an emergency situation that could have significantly reduced our abilities to carry out DNR’s mission in the Olympic Region,” Goldmark said.
Shortly after midnight, January 2, 2013, a fire broke out at an automotive and maintenance facility at DNR’s region office in Forks. The building and its contents, including three pickup trucks, a wildfire firefighting engine, and numerous tools and machines, were destroyed in the blaze. Palmer and Flynn led the effort to create contingency work plans and a budget for rebuilding the facility. Investigators have not determined a cause for the fire.
See a photo of the award presentation in DNR’s Flickr album.
View a video of the award presentation on DNR’s YouTube channel.
About the DNR Olympic Region
Headquartered in Forks, DNR’s Olympic Region office manages more than 371,000 acres of state forest, agriculture, and other lands. The region office also implements forest practices regulations and leads wildfire protection for state, private, and tribal forestland in the area. The Region is home to several popular recreation areas and the Olympic Experimental State Forest, where DNR explores ways to integrate wildlife habitat needs and sustainable timber harvesting practices.
DNR manages about 3 million acres of state-owned trust lands for revenue to trust beneficiaries including public schools, universities, and public services in several counties. The department also manages about 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands, including bedlands under Puget Sound. Peter Goldmark is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.
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