State appoints manager for natural areas near Issaquah

May 31, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Tiger Mountain State Forest is under new management.

Art Tasker

Art Tasker, a longtime state Department of Natural Resources employee, has been appointed to manage the agency’s South Puget Sound Region — the area encompassing the state forest and West Tiger Mountain Natural Resource Conservation Area near Issaquah.

The region includes the state’s most-populous areas.

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced the appointment April 28.

“Art is well-acquainted with the lands, resources, and communities of the South Puget Sound Region,” Goldmark said in a release. “He brings more than 37 years of experience with DNR to the job and has a deep understanding of sustainably managing the natural resources of Washington state’s trust lands.”

Tasker had been serving as the region’s acting manager before the appointment.

From the regional headquarters in Enumclaw, Tasker manages 73 permanent employees and 24 seasonal staff members. The position requires overseeing operations across a geographically diverse area: King, Pierce, Kitsap and Mason counties, plus parts of Snohomish and Lewis counties.

In addition to Seattle and Tacoma, the region includes more than 250,000 acres of state trust lands managed for forestry, habitat and clean water. The region also provides wildfire protection and forest regulation on 1.5 million acres.

Tasker joined the agency in 1973 as a forester on the Olympic Peninsula. In the years since, he has managed forest practices, aquatic lands, timber sales, fire suppression, business operations and other Department of Natural Resources programs.

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