Two DNR employees received awards earlier this week for showing qualities that all employers and organizations need from their workers: dedication to customer service and taking initiative to accomplish critical organizational objectives.
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark (who is DNR’s top administrator) presented Jason Mettler, a DNR road engineer with the department’s Supernova Award for outstanding performance. Mettler did his homework on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant rules, and discovered that DNR was eligible to apply for FEMA grants to meet certain critical needs. And that’s just what he did. Over the past four years, Mettler has been instrumental in DNR securing millions of dollars in federal grants to aid the recovery of Washington state trust lands from storm damage. Mettler’s hard work also resulted in DNR qualifying to receive some $3 million from FEMA to meet important goals that help habitat and clean water, notably replacing numerous culverts under forest roads and other barriers that blocked fish migration in state trust land streams.
Both DNR and private forestland owners are directed by the state’s Forests and Fish Law to remove or repair fish barrier culverts and other obstructions to migrating fish by 2016.
Extra Mile Award
Goldmark also announced that one of the recipients of the state’s Extra Mile Award – part of the Public Employee Service Recognition awards selected by Secretary of State Sam Reed – is DNR employee Ted Smith. Smith was honored for his dedication to helping private citizens and public employees use new document research software. We talked about one of Smith’s efforts, a multi-part tutorial that he created to help surveyors, title companies, governments and others use web-based software to cull through the Public Land Survey Office’s trove of 464,000 indexed documents to find land boundary survey information. Smith was one of only 15 Extra Mile Award recipients selected from the more than 115 nominations in 2012.
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