Communications Specialist III
The report showcases the many projects, programs and initiatives that are managed by DCNR staff.
Snohomish County, Wash., April 4, 2023 – In the second year as a new county department, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) collaborated to provide a variety of services to Snohomish County residents, businesses, and visitors through its stewardship of Snohomish County’s natural resources. The 2022 DCNR Annual Report provides an overview of the department’s top accomplishments, though it is challenging to communicate the full extent this work has contributed to improving the quality of life for Snohomish County residents. The department is comprised of the Surface Water Management Division (SWM), the Parks & Recreation Division, the Office of Agriculture, and the Office of Energy & Sustainability (OES).
“I am proud of the work that DCNR has achieved in its second year as a consolidated department. Snohomish County is defined by our beautiful and abundant natural resources. From the Salish Sea and two major river valleys, to forestland, farms, ranches, and parks, our quality of life, economic prosperity, and future sustainability are dependent on protecting and improving our environmental resources,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said. “More than ever, our efforts to curb climate change, led by DCNR, are essential to ensure we can preserve what is best about our region,”
“We have begun to see the harmony that our two divisions and two offices can achieve under a shared mission. I am proud of the work our staff achieved last year; none of this would have been possible without their dedication,” DCNR Director Tom Teigen said. “I want to thank Executive Somers for having the foresight to create this new department, allowing for increased collaboration to meet the county’s environmental and sustainability goals.”
Key accomplishments from the report include:
The report also outlines how public resources were used across the department in 2022 and how grant funding was used to stretch local tax dollars.
The Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management; the Division of Parks and Recreation; the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture. DCNR works in support of thriving communities; a clean and healthy environment to foster environmental stewardship; ensuring food security; supporting a green economy, and strengthening communities by providing regional parks and infrastructure; protecting the region's water, air, land and natural habitats; enhancing agriculture and recreation; and reducing flooding. https://snohomishcountywa.gov/5758.