Below are extracts from a document titled DNR Vision Statement, Principles and Goals, by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The document contains three sections:
- A personal vision statement, including a mission statement and summary of guiding principles from the Commissioner of Public Lands
- A set of guiding principles for each department developed by Senior Management to provide direction to employees
- The five-year goals that determine priorities in daily work.
Sections 1 and 3 are provided below.Vision statement
We will interest people in learning about and understanding the variety of resources that comprise our ecosystems;
Their interest and understanding will result in good decisions when making choices about the use and care of those resources; and
The decisions we make now about our management of our resources will not preclude certain choices for other generations, but will instead, assure that they have available to them the same kinds of resources, in better condition than we have now.
- To be creative and innovative in our approach to "managing" resources, looking beyond the obvious and accepted ways of doing business;
- To develop decision-making processes that require us to consider the long-term impacts of our actions on entire ecosystems;
- To accept our trust mandate as broader than "maximizing income" and recognize the value of the ecosystems to trust beneficiaries; To develop and implement regulations that are clear, understandable, and workable;
- To communicate our ideas, plans, and responsibilities effectively to the various publics we serve, and
- To recognize and accept our position as a major landowner in the state and use our influence to maintain quality communities.
- Our mandate comes from the people; we should treat the public with respect.
- Our obligation is to several generations; we should examine our decisions to identify those with irreversible impacts, and develop and be guided by the concept of intergenerational equity.
- Our responsibility is to leave healthy resources for other generations; we should broaden our understanding of "resources sustainability" to include ecosystems.
(The document also includes guiding principles outlining what DNR believes to be important in the execution of its departmental responsibilities.)Five-year goal statement
Our five-year goal is to ensure that the Department of Natural Resources is recognized as the agency of choice:
- for leadership in natural resource issues
- as the model for exemplary stewardship in resources management
- as the acknowledged expert in our areas of responsibility
- as a partner with the public, other governments, other agencies, and interests
- for effective listening and communications
- as the model public agency