WEC has been working to ensure sound management of Washington’s forests for almost 50 years. One of our jobs is to keep the public informed on how well elected officials are measuring up to their potential to protect our environment.
The Commissioner of Public Lands is the only elected statewide office that works almost exclusively with our natural resources, making it a very important position for Washington’s environment.
How has our current Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark, been doing?
WEC has taken a look back over the last year to see how the Commissioner performed using his own criteria – as set forth in his two strategic plans – for success. While we know very well that progress on complex issues takes time, we’re ready to see more on the ground results – and we’ve outlined how in this report.
This report card – and others like it – are a snapshot in time, not a final verdict. We look forward to continuing to work with engaged DNR staff, who so far have willingly come to the table, and the Commissioner towards improved, science-based management of our state’s public lands.