Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark announces employee award for Reiter Foothills effort
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Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark announces employee award for Reiter Foothills effort 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
December 12, 2012   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark announces employee award for Reiter Foothills effort
Employees instrumental to completion of first loop of ORV trail at popular outdoor recreation site in Snohomish County

OLYMPIA – A group of 19 Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employees were honored recently for their leadership in completing the initial segment of off-road vehicle (ORV) trails at Reiter Foothills Forest this summer. DNR began construction of the initial section—1.4 miles of challenging, single-track motorcycle trail—in mid-June 2012 and completed it by the August 1, 2012, goal date.
In announcing the Supernova Award, which honors outstanding employee performance, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark praised the DNR employees for enlisting members of the ORV, hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian communities in planning and building the project’s first phase.

“These DNR employees took initiative and acted decisively,” said Goldmark, who leads DNR. “They developed fresh ideas and approaches, while keeping the focus on teamwork to create a safe and sustainable recreation site that will appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts.”
Those honored were: Lisa Anderson, Dennis Brown, Jim Cahill, Daniel Christian, Drake Harkness, Tony Holt, Ken Holz, Sue Jenson, Diana Lofflin, Mark Mauren, Al McGuire, Scott Minkler, Jim Patton, Luis Prado, Chris Robertson, Kirk Thomas, Jamie Turner, David Way, and Ron Whitehall.

Reiter Foothills Forest
Reiter Foothills Forest is a block of DNR-managed, forested state trust land about 30 miles east of Everett. Each year, thousands of visitors come to the area to enjoy off-road vehicle riding, horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking. DNR is working with volunteers, Tribes and other agencies to protect streams and habitat by planning and developing sustainable motorized and nonmotorized trails.

About DNR
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.

Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, 360-902-1149, Bob.Redling@dnr.wa.gov


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Heather McPherson
Wildlife Ecologist
360-902-1693
forestlandplanning@dnr.wa.gov

Ports Program
Aquatic Resources Division
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-902-1100
Fax 360-902-1786
ard@dnr.wa.gov

Bill Taylor
Customer Service Specialist
360-902-1234 or 1-877-890-2626
bill.taylor@dnr.wa.gov

Tim Crockett
Nursery Bareroot Manager
360-664-2896
tim.crockett@dnr.wa.gov

John Trobaugh
Nursery Program Manager
360-902-1270
john.trobaugh@dnr.wa.gov

Jeff deGraan
Seed Program Manager
360-664-2174
jeff.degraan@dnr.wa.gov

Webster Nursery
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
360-753-5305 or 1-877-890-2626
Fax 360-664-0963
webster@dnr.wa.gov

Boyd Johnson
Nursery Greenhouse Manager
360-664-0139
boyd.johnson@dnr.wa.gov

Caleb Maki
360-902-1280
caleb.maki@dnr.wa.gov

Stephen Harmon
FPARS Project Manager
360-902-1416
stephen.harmon@dnr.wa.gov

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