FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2012
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announces achievement awards to DNR staff
Department staff honored for public service, safety, innovation, leadership, and Puget Sound recovery efforts
OLYMPIA – Employees of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were recently honored for outstanding efforts to promote safety, innovation and leadership in 2011 with the Annual Commissioner Awards.
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark selected the honorees from dozens of nominations submitted by department staff.
“Of all the resources we manage at DNR, the most important ones are the people on our staff,” Goldmark said. “Each day, DNR employees make significant contributions to protect public resources and provide value for the citizens of Washington State.”
Commissioner’s Award Winners
The award recipients announced by Goldmark and his comments about them are:
Public Service Award: Tisha Anderson, DNR Olympic Region, Forks, for “…working tirelessly to build trust for DNR through her dedication to serving each customer – internal, public or stakeholder – to the highest standards of service.”
Safety Award: Julie Sackett, Candace Johnson, John Trobaugh, Jeff DeBell, and Jeff deGraan of the DNR Forest Resources and Conservation Division for “…working across agency lines in a voluntary effort to uncover and fix safety hazards in DNR facilities.”
Innovation Award: Randy Niessner, DNR Southeast Region, for “…bringing many tangible results in a short time, including increased agriculture leasing income, improved communications with lessees with more positive changes on the way in the program.”
Puget Sound Recovery Award: Helen Berry, Lisa Ferrier, Pete Dowty, and Jeff Gaeckle of the DNR Aquatic Nearshore Habitat Program Team for “…productive research collaborations and proposals, and securing a two-year EPA grant for $500,000.”
Leadership Award: Dave Gordon of the DNR Forest Resources and Conservation Division for “…stepping up to serve as acting assistant division manager during a major leadership change in the Division.”
DNR manages about 3 million acres of state-owned trust lands for revenue to trust beneficiaries including public schools and universities as well as public services in several counties. The agency also manages about 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands, including the bedlands under Puget Sound. Peter Goldmark is Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889.
Photos of the DNR Commissioner’s Awards recipients are on DNR’s Flickr stream:
The direct link to Strategic Plan 2010-2014: The Goldmark Agenda is: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_strategic_plan_2010_goldmark_agenda.pdf
Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, Bob.Redling@dnr.wa.gov
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