For Release 5:00 pm
May 15, 2020
Sue Kuehl Pederson running for Commissioner of Public Lands
Republican candidate challenges one-term Democrat incumbent Hilary Franz
Lakewood, WA— May 15, 2020 — Sue Kuehl Pederson, long-time fisheries researcher and public power manager in Washington state, is running for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands, with a Republican Party preference. Sue brings a responsible resource management perspective to the position with her biological background. She believes improved timber management can reduce disease and excess fuel in our forests, leading to a reduction in wildfires.
Sue has sought to understand the true relationship between her beloved salmon and our extensive hydropower system, and she believes they can successfully coexist. More broadly, Kuehl Pederson said, “In Washington we deserve good resource management and a keen understanding of the balance needed between the natural world and humanity.”
While growing up at a salmon hatchery in Skamania county, Sue attended local public schools that were generously supported by timber harvest taxes. She worked her way through college, earned a BS in Biology from Western Washington University, and later, a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Sue has pursued a diverse career that includes:
- research of adult and juvenile salmon passage at nearly all Columbia-Snake river dams
- research of fish distributions at waterways in VT, NY, OH, AK, CA, Argentina and Paraguay
- scientific publications manager
- stream habitat restoration, regulation and training
- US Observer on Japanese rockfish trawlers in Gulf of Alaska
- commercial salmon harvest manager (Puget Sound non-treaty)
- electric power analyst
- power manager
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- NOAA Fisheries
- BioSonics, Inc
- Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife
- King County Dept of Natural Resources & Parks
- Seattle City Light
- Grays Harbor Public Utility District
Sue’s work has taken her all over Washington. She has enjoyed traveling and meeting interesting people all over what she calls, “this beautiful and ecologically diverse state.” She has resided in Aberdeen, Bainbridge Island, Bellingham, Carson, Cook, Kalaloch, Lakewood, Olalla, Olympia, Riparia, Seattle, Starbuck, University Place and Wenatchee.
Sue’s knowledge of biological processes, as well as common sense observations, leads her to believe it is possible to achieve a good balance between environmental protections and human needs for materials and energy. Kuehl Pederson said, “I am always willing to ask the hard questions and find the best available solutions.”
Sue knows she could never have achieved her comprehensive work history without the
solid educational foundation she received in Skamania County, thanks to timber harvest taxes. She believes the Commissioner of Public Lands has a Constitutional duty to responsibly manage timber harvests in a way that will improve forest health, reduce forest fires, provide living wage jobs, and support our public schools.
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