January 20, 2009
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Goldmark Elected to Chair Board of Natural Resources
Board confirms Goldmark’s appointment of Lenny Young as DNR Supervisor
At a special meeting today, the Board of Natural Resources elected Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark as its chair. Goldmark was recently sworn in as the state’s elected Lands Commissioner. In addition to serving on the Board, Goldmark manages the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and administers a $625 million, two-year department budget.
The Board re-elected Dr. Bruce Bare as it’s vice chair. Bare is Dean of the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, one of the several beneficiaries that receive revenue from DNR’s management of state trust lands.
The Board also welcomed its newest member, State Superintendant of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, who was recently elected to the statewide office.
The Board adopts policies, approves major commodity sales, and makes decisions about transactions of state lands managed by DNR. Its membership represents the major beneficiaries of state trust lands, including construction of public schools, universities, and prisons as well as support for hospitals, libraries and other services in 21 of the state’s counties.
Since 1970, DNR-managed state trust lands have provided nearly $3 billion in non-tax revenue to beneficiaries.
Young is named DNR Supervisor
In other business, the Board approved a motion providing its advice and consent to Goldmark’s appointment of Lenny Young as DNR Supervisor. As Supervisor, Young will oversee the day-to-day operations of the agency and its nearly 1,300 permanent employees.
Commissioner of Public Lands
As the elected Commissioner of Public Lands, Goldmark oversees the state’s largest fire department, protecting 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned land from wildfires. As Commissioner he also chairs the state Forest Practices Board, which sets rules concerning logging, road building, and other forest operations. Goldmark is the state’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands and succeeds former commissioners Doug Sutherland, Jennifer M. Belcher, Brian Boyle, and Bert Cole in managing DNR.
DNR manages millions of acres of state trust lands to raise money for the construction of public schools, colleges and universities, prisons, and other institutions and to help pay for services, such as hospitals and libraries, in several counties.
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