Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark honors two Volunteer Heroes

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and recreation leaders discuss how to improve sustainable recreation on DNR lands. The 2012 Volunteer Heroes were honored for their on-the-ground contribution to DNR  lands. Photo: Bryan Flint

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and recreation leaders discuss how to improve sustainable recreation on DNR lands. The 2012 Volunteer Heroes were honored at this meeting for their on-the-ground contribution to DNR lands. Photo: Bryan Flint

Yesterday, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presented two outstanding individuals a Volunteer Hero Award for their sustained service, superior performance, leadership, and commitment to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) volunteer program.

In September, DNR asked for your nominations. With enthusiasm, 27 people from across the state nominated 19 different volunteers. From this outstanding pool of candidates, Tom Faubion of Eatonville and Bob Langley of Everett, were honored  as Volunteer Heroes. Commissioner Goldmark presented a certificate and a jacket to each of the recipients with a unique Volunteer Hero patch.

“These Volunteer Heroes inspire the best in all of us. Not only do their actions directly influence the success of the program, but their dedication and sense of service inspire those who have the opportunity to work with them” said Peter Goldmark. “It is an honor to recognize Tom and Bob’s volunteer accomplishments today.”

By honoring these individuals, we also celebrate the countless others who serve by their side, rain or shine. Volunteering reminds us that we can’t do this alone. After all, imagine what one hand can do when multiplied?

Meet DNR’s volunteer heroes

Commissioner Goldmark presents Tom Faubion a 2012 Volunteer Hero award. Photo: Bryan Flint, DNR.

Commissioner Goldmark presents Tom Faubion a 2012 Volunteer Hero award. Photo: Bryan Flint, DNR.

Tom Faubion knows what one can do with a dedicated volunteer community. His 25-year commitment to developing the Elbe State Forest equestrian trail system has inspired countless volunteers.

“With the help and dedication of thousands of volunteer hours, we have created the finest trail head and trail system in the state of Washington” reminisces Tom Faubion. “It is a showplace for anyone wanting to see what can be done through the cooperation of volunteers and the state.”

Tom’s commitment to volunteerism and his volunteer accomplishments have positively affected the land, the resources, and the people, making him one of this year’s Volunteer Heroes.

Bob Langley holds up his 2012 Volunteer Hero award and jacket with Commissioner Goldmark. Photo: Bryan Flint, DNR.

Bob Langley holds up his 2012 Volunteer Hero award and jacket with Commissioner Goldmark. Photo: Bryan Flint, DNR.

Bob Langley was described as “a great person who dedicates over 1,000 hours a year to trail work, while keeping it fun with his great sense of humor.” He works on diverse projects in an effort to ‘give back’ to the landscapes on which he recreates.

Bob volunteers on both motorized and non-motorized trails across the state including Capitol State Forest, Tahuya State Forest, and Walker Valley. His efforts include helping to reroute trails to protect streams, reopening trails after storms, and participating in the annual gravel haul-in to maintain trails.

Bob’s leadership, humor, concern for the environment, and amazing attitude inspire children and adults alike. It is these qualities, as well as his considerable service, that make him one of this year’s Volunteer Heroes.

Thank you volunteers!

2012 Volunteer Hero recipient, Bob Langley, poses for a photo during a work party. Bob volunteers over 1,000 hours a year on DNR landscapes across the state. Photo: DNR.

2012 Volunteer Hero recipient, Bob Langley, poses for a photo during a work party. Bob volunteers over 1,000 hours a year on DNR landscapes across the state. Photo: DNR.

In the first three quarters of 2012, over 49,000 volunteer hours were reported! Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark would like to thank these volunteers who have served to support DNR’s mission to provide innovative leadership and expertise to ensure environmental protection, public safety, perpetual funding for schools and communities, and a rich quality of life.

Inspired to volunteer? Check out our volunteer calendar for upcoming events. New events are added all the time. Join our Facebook and Twitter sites to keep up to date on the latest volunteer opportunities.

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