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Peter Goldmark (D) - Candidate for WA Commissioner of Public Lands

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Peter Goldmark is running for WA Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is running for WA Commissioner of Public Lands

Political Party: Democrat
Education: B.A. Haverford College; Ph.D. Molecular Biology, University of California Berkeley;
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobiology, Harvard
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Date of Birth: 8/4/1946

Background: Peter Goldmark began his education in a one-room schoolhouse at Duley Lake near Okanogan, Washington. He graduated from Okanogan High School in Okanogan and in 1967 received a degree from Haverford College near Philadelphia. After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, he traveled to Harvard University for a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology. Following his marriage in 1972, he moved back to Okanogan with his wife, Georgia. Together, they raised their five children on the family ranch. Sadly, Georgia succumbed to cancer in 2003.

Goldmark has had a lifelong involvement with agriculture, science, education, and public service. Included among his public service positions are the following:

 

  • Director of Agriculture for State of Washington, appointed by Governor Lowry in 1993
  • Chairman of the Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment in 1994-1996
  • Governor's Council for a Sustainable Washington in 2002-2003
  • Governor's Council on Biodiversity in 2004-2005
  • Founding board member and past Chairman of the Board of Farming and the Environment, a unique coalition of farmers, ranchers, and conservationists founded in 1999
  • Board of Regents of Washington State University, 1996-2005; President of the Board in 1999-2000
  • Board of the Washington State University-University of Washington William D. Ruckelshaus Center, 2003-present
  • Okanogan School Board, 1998-2005
  • Wildland firefighter, Okanogan County, Fire District No. 8 - 30+ years
  • Commissioner of Public Lands, 2009 to present


Goldmark maintains a small scientific research facility at his ranch and has published scientific articles in national and international journals. He currently maintains a wheat-breeding program at his facility and has recently released new varieties for Washington wheat farmers.


Top Priorities:

The protection of Puget Sound will remain among my highest priorities if elected to a second term in office. I will focus on key watersheds in Puget Sound where we can make a real difference improving water quality and habitat. We have many tools at our disposal; from land acquisition, to job creation, to aquatic reserves, to pulling out creosote pilings. Using science and the latest research to tell us where on the landscape we can deploy these tools to get the biggest bang for our buck will be a top priority.

We have had many successes, but there is more work to do if we are going to meet the state's objective of recovering the sound to health by 2020. We launched SoundCorps and got our first crew working, but there are many more restoration projects to complete and many young people who remain out of work. I am committed to helping SoundCorps grow and flourish over the next four years.

As growth continues to put more pressure on our forests, we must redouble our effort s with tried and true conservation tools while pioneering new approaches to forest protection.

The foremost priority will be to manage trust resources sustainably, maintain and strengthen forest practices rule compliance, and consistently deliver cost effective wildfire control. This means we will continue providing a buffer of permanent protection against other land-use pressures and achieving conservation benefits for our natural treasures like Puget Sound. We will implement reforms in our forest practices rules that improve protections from catastrophic landslides.

Central to our success will be helping landowners gain access to additional sources of revenue for the benefits generated from working lands, such as carbon sequestration and clean water. We will complete an ongoing pilot project to test the market incentives for watershed protection and enhancement through forestry, which is among the first of its kind in the nation. We will also promote the increased use of tools such as conservation easements and transfer of development rights to keep working forestlands from being converted to houses.

When logging takes place, there is a certain amount of debris and wood waste that gets left behind. This debris, which we call biomass, is often left to decay or burned with no purpose, releasing harmful emissions into the atmosphere. I am committed to finding productive ways to use this waste product as a source of renewable energy, which is why I have worked so hard these last four years to make biomass a part of our state's renewable energy portfolio.

We've been very successful so far, but our biomass efforts are just getting started. Other renewable energy sources are well suited for the production of electricity, and with increased innovation toward the use of electrical cars, I do not believe that biomass will be an essential component of our electric energy future. However, the development of biofuel technology to transform forest biomass into fuel for cars and airplanes can emerge as a great way to reduce CO2 emissions and our dependence on foreign oil.

This possibility is why I successfully sought forest biomass-to-jet fuel legislation. Heavy machinery and jets will likely never run on electricity and it is imperative that we find renewable replacements for diesel and jet fuel. Forest biomass can be a critical component of renewable jet fuel.

Washington State educational institutions were recently awarded $80 million out of $135 million nationally to be used for the development of bio-aviation fuel technology. DNR will work collaboratively with the University of Washington and Washington State University to ensure that this money does what it was intended to do: fly airplanes on fuel produced from residual forest biomass.

 

Link to view campaign video: http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012070040#start=23&stop=329

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