Washington state's Commissioner of Public Lands appoints Ben Cleveland as manager of DNR Northwest Region, which includes more than 386,000 acres of state trust lands

OLYMPIA, Washington , April 13, 2011 (press release) – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the appointment of Ben Cleveland as manager of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Northwest Region. Cleveland will oversee all DNR operations throughout the region, which includes Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan counties.

“Ben knows these communities and he knows how DNR can work with citizens and businesses to solve problems,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “He brings over 35 years of diverse experience with DNR, working in land management, forestry, fire suppression, and resource protection.”

From the region headquarters in Sedro Woolley, Cleveland will manage about 130 staff and oversee agency operations in a geographically diverse part of the state. The region includes more than 386,000 acres of state trust lands used for forestry, farming and other natural resource revenue production. Region services include fire suppression, forest health, and reforestation.

Reiter Foothills Forest and Sultan Basin are among the dozens of popular recreational sites and trails that DNR manages in the region for hiking, camping, horseback riding, off-road vehicles and other recreational uses. Blanchard Forest, Cypress Island, and Lummi Island are among the several natural areas managed by DNR in Northwest Region that help protect wildlife, plant habitat, and watersheds for clean water.

Cleveland joined DNR in 1973, working first in southwest part of the state and, for the past several years, in DNR’s Northwest Region. His experience includes timber sales, fire suppression, incident command, Natural Resource District Manager, and Northwest Region Assistant Manager for Resource Protection & Services. For the past year, Cleveland has been Acting Northwest Region Manager. He is a graduate of the University of Montana where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry.

DNR manages state trust lands
Administered by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, DNR manages more than 5.6 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural, conservation, and aquatic lands. These lands generate more than $200 million a year, much of it to support public schools, state institutions, and county services. These state trust lands provide other public benefits, including public access for outdoor recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, and watersheds for clean water.

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