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Public invited to shape improvements in natural resource management in Washington state

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Oct. 13, 2009

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD HAS ENDED

OLYMPIA – There is still time for Washington residents to help shape how natural resources are managed in Washington state.

In September, natural resources agency leaders and members of the governor’s policy and budget staff — known as the Natural Resources Subcabinet — released a wide-ranging group of potential strategies for reforming how the state manages natural resources. The ideas are intended to prompt dialogue for improving the organization and management of natural resources.

Public comments will help the subcabinet formulate recommendations to Gov. Chris Gregoire and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark about what actions to take to improve the management of natural resources. State leaders have asked the public to weigh in during September and October, and they’ve made it easy to do so.

Here’s how to offer ideas and comments. Go to the governor’s website at www.governor.wa.gov and click on the “Government Reform” button in the center column. Then click on “Natural Resources.” Or use the direct link: http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/reform/naturalresources.asp.