FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 24, 2009
Goldmark names new division managers for DNR’s Aquatic Resources and Forest Practices divisions
Swenddal and Cramer named to lead DNR divisions that oversee Puget Sound restoration and enforce forest practices rules
OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the appointments of two division managers at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR): Kristin Swenddal as Aquatic Resources Division Manager, and Darin Cramer as Forest Practices Division Manager.
The Aquatic Resources Division is responsible for policies, scientific research, and resources to manage 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands, including DNR’s contributions to cleaning up and restoring Puget Sound. The Forest Practices Division implements and enforces rules adopted by the state Forest Practices Board and assists small forestland owners.
“Kristin and Darin have shown their commitment to the people of our state through their stewardship of our natural resources,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “I’m confident that both will apply their demonstrated problem-solving skills and training to help lead these important DNR programs to restore Puget Sound, enforce forest practices rules, and assist small forestland owners.”
Kristin Swenddal has worked in the DNR Aquatics Resources Division since 2000 as an environmental planner, policy unit supervisor, and as Assistant Division Manager for Policy and Program Development. She was a policy analyst for DNR from 1996 to 2000 and, before that, a policy analyst for the Washington State Legislature. She graduated from Western Washington University-Huxley College of Environmental Studies in 1985 and received a Masters in Public Administration from The Evergreen State University in 1987.
Darin Cramer has worked for DNR since 2000, first in the Aquatic Resources Division and then in the Forest Practices Division for the past eight years, most recently as Adaptive Management Administrator. Before coming to DNR, he worked for the Thurston County Storm and Surface Water Utility and Environmental Health Division on aquatic resource issues. He also worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation on water quality issues. He has a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and a Masters of Public Administration, both from The Evergreen State University.
DNR is protecting our natural resources
DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. These lands include 130,000 acres of Natural Area Preserves that protect rare and threatened species as well as high-quality examples of the native ecosystems and landscapes of Washington. The department also provides wildfire protection for 12.7 million acres of private and state-owned forestlands; administers Forest Practices rules and surface mine reclamation on state and private lands; gives technical assistance for forestry and mining; and provides financial and grant assistance to local communities and individuals.
DNR is administered by Peter Goldmark, Washington’s 13th Commissioner of Public Lands since statehood in 1889, and the first commissioner from Eastern Washington.
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