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DNR adds new law enforcement officer to patrol Pierce, other counties

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 10, 2012 at 10:09 am with 2 Comments »
August 10, 2012 10:16 am

The state Department of Natural Resources today added a new law enforcement officer to manage land in Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark counties.

Jim McCarthy swore his oath this morning at a brief ceremony.

He spent 25 years working for the Washington State Patrol before joining the DNR and filling a newly created position.

McCarthy’s patrol area includes thousands of acres of forested state trust lands and conservation areas, according to DNR.

DNR law enforcement is responsible for enforcing vehicle laws on state roads and trails, investigating wildfires and theft of natural resources and monitoring whether visitors are using the state’s Discover Pass.

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  1. Gabriel1150 says:

    Congratulations Mr. McCarthy. I’m glad to hear there will be more coverage in our state trust lands.

  2. PolarBear53 says:

    The real truth is – McCarthy was hired on to enforce the Discover Pass. The State viewed hiring more DNR officers would increase tickets and would justify the cost in both ticket revenue and or compliance of the pass. Most Hunter’s are very anti discover pass and view it as just another tax which in honesty it is. Hunters and Fisherman create more than a billion dollars in revenue for the state in the form of licenses and taxes paid on merchandise, gas, etc you name.

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