OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced the appointment of Joseph Shramek to the Division Manager of Resource Protection at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Among other duties, the division is responsible for overseeing emergency response, urban forestry, forest health, correctional camps, and fire prevention and suppression activities.
Shramek, who had been serving as the “Acting” Division Manager since January, will immediately take on these duties in a permanent capacity.
“In the past six months Joe has illustrated to me a commitment to serving the public effectively and efficiently,” said Commissioner Goldmark. “We are experiencing historic challenges with our department’s budget and with our current fire season; Joe has managed these challenges well. I have full confidence in him and I’m pleased to have him on board.”
A DNR veteran of the past thirteen years, Shramek moved up through the ranks. Previously he served as an Assistant Division Manager for Resource Protection responsible for fire suppression, aviation and correctional camps. He has also served as an Assistant Region Manager in southwestern Washington and worked as a natural resource scientist in the timber sales program. Shramek began his DNR career as a field forester.
Shramek is a professional forester, with a Bachelor of Science in forestry and a Master of Science in silviculture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), and served as chair of the Connecticut SAF and the Connecticut chapter of the American Tree Farm System. Before DNR, Shramek managed a privately-owned forest landowners’ cooperative association based in Connecticut and taught forestry courses at three colleges and universities.
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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