FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2009
Goldmark appoints Moran to DNR executive team
Scientist to lead aquatic programs
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the appointment of Bridget Moran to his executive team at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As Deputy Supervisor for Aquatics and Agency Resources, she will guide the management of the 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands, and the administrative services divisions in the agency.
“Sound science is a cornerstone of my administration,” said Goldmark. “Among her many strengths, Bridget Moran’s background in research sciences and policies regarding aquatic species will be especially valuable in her new role. She has experience negotiating complex issues on behalf of natural resources as well — all will be great assets for our team.”
In her new role at DNR, to begin May 1, Moran will report directly to the Agency Supervisor, and serves at the pleasure of the statewide elected Commissioner of Public lands. She will provide oversight to the Aquatics Division and field Districts, and lead the Human Resources, Financial Management and Information Management Divisions. Her yearly salary will be $103,000.
Continuing contributions to the natural resources of Washington State
Moran has contributed to natural resource management in Washington as a member of the state Forest Practices Board; as an executive team member of the Federal Spotted Owl Recovery Team; as former chair and member of Washington Invasive Species Council; Wildlife Climate Change Team member for the Western Governor’s Association; and member of the Northwest Forest Plan Intergovernmental Advisory Panel, among others.
Since 2006, Moran worked as Environmental Policy Lead at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. She served in the Director’s office providing strategic planning, policy development and negotiations on timber, water, climate, Puget Sound recovery and agricultural issues at the state and national levels. Two of her several previous jobs were for the state’s Department of Agriculture as the Endangered Species Program Manager and Senior Agency Toxicologist, and earlier as Environmental Toxicologist.
Moran earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of California–Davis, 1991; and a Masters of Science, Environmental Toxicology, from University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1996
DNR - stewards of aquatic lands
The 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands are a public trust managed and protected by DNR for the people of Washington. Aquatic lands include the lands under the inland waters of Puget Sound, Straits and Coast, many beaches and all the navigable lakes and rivers in the state.
Revenue is generated from the sale of renewable resources such as wild geoduck, as well as from leasing aquatic lands for shellfish beds, marinas, docks and other buildings. This revenue is used to manage and protect the health and productivity of aquatic resources, and to help fund local projects that restore aquatic habitat and create public access to aquatic lands.
The Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, is the statewide elected official who administers DNR. He is the 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood, and the first from eastern Washington.
Jane Chavey, Senior Communications Consultant, 360-902-1721, and by e-mail at email@example.com
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