Nov. 15: Commissioner to talk about state’s public lands

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

GoldmarkPULLMAN, Wash. – A call to those who live in Washington to take action to protect and conserve its natural heritage will be part of a presentation by the state commissioner of public lands at noon Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Bryan Hall 308. Pizza and soda will be served.

In “The Evergreen State: Our Legacy, Our Future,” Peter Goldmark will describe the challenges facing Washington’s natural landscapes as they are affected by climate change and other issues. He will tell stories of communities, tribes and individuals as he describes how the state is trying to cope.

A scientist, rancher and environmentalist, Goldmark was first elected in 2008 to oversee millions of acres of state forests, grasslands and waterways. He has worked to restore Puget Sound, conserve threatened species, battle wildfire, preserve forestry jobs and keep revenue flowing for Washington schools.

A molecular biologist and organic wheat producer, he has created two new wheat varieties and published scientific articles in national and international journals. He is a former member of the Washington State University Board of Regents and a frequent commentator and speaker on environmental topics.

The Foley Invited Lecture is sponsored by CAHNRS, the College of the Arts and Sciences, the School of the Environment and the Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service.