FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2010
Final DNR Strategic Plan 2010-2014 released today
The Goldmark Agenda focuses on sustainability, working lands and Puget Sound recovery
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today released the final 2010-2014 Strategic Plan: The Goldmark Agenda. The plan charts a course of sustainability for DNR over the next five years.
“In this time of a challenging economic landscape and changing environment, we must prioritize our work at DNR to best serve the public and sustainably manage our natural resources,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.
The plan is the culmination of broad public and staff input. Beginning in October of 2009, DNR conducted meetings throughout the state with on-the-ground staff and management, held seven public meetings from Port Angeles to Spokane, and accepted over 1,000 online surveys and comments from stakeholders, staff members and citizens.
“A lot of time and effort from people who care deeply about the future of natural resources in Washington State has gone into charting a course for the next five years at DNR, and I would like to thank all of those who contributed to this plan,” continued Goldmark. “I am looking forward to implementing this ambitious and forward-looking plan.”
Plan’s goals innovate, work to leave positive legacy on state lands
The Strategic Plan 2010-2014: The Goldmark Agenda is available online. The plan’s six goals are:
I. Deliver on Our Promise to Manage State Lands Sustainably
II. Improve Forest Practices Rules and Strengthen Implementation and Compliance
III. Preserve Forest Cover and Protect Working Forests and Agricultural Lands from Conversion
IV. Clean Up and Restore Puget Sound
V. Develop Renewable Energy Resources on State Lands, Address the Challenges of Climate Change, and Create Renewable Energy Jobs
VI. Ensure that DNR is Well-Managed and Supportive of its Employees
The direct link to the plan is: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_strategic_plan_2010_goldmark_agenda.pdf
DNR – managing and protecting your natural resources
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR manages 2.9 million acres of state-owned trust lands, including forests, range, agricultural land, and commercial properties. Trust lands earn income to support schools, universities and other state institutions; and they help fund local services in many counties. Trust lands provide habitat for native plant and animal species, protect sources of clean water, and offer public recreation and educational opportunities statewide.
DNR is also steward of 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands, the bedlands under Puget Sound, the coast, including many beaches, and navigable rivers and natural lakes. These are managed on behalf of all Washington State citizens to protect fish and wildlife, and to facilitate commerce, navigation, and public access.
DNR provides wildfire protection and supports the state Forest Practices Board in protecting public resources on 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands. DNR geologists regulate surface mine reclamation, while DNR staff provide technical assistance for forestry and mining. DNR provides financial and grant assistance to state and local communities through a number of programs, including the Urban and Community Forestry Program.
Media Contact: Aaron Toso, Director of Communications & Outreach, 360-902-1023, and firstname.lastname@example.org
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