John E. Skvaria, III,
Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) released the Department’s new Mission Statement
Jan. 8, 2013. The Statement addresses three fundamental principles:
Philosophy, Economics and Science.
DENR’s Mission Statement
Released: January 8, 2013
It is recognized that the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural
Resources' primary mission is to protect North Carolina's environment
and natural resources. In executing this mission, DENR operates
with the broad-based understanding that the following three fundamental
principles are integral components of its protective mandate.
In its essence, DENR is a service organization. Whether managing
parks and zoos or issuing permits, agency personnel, operating within
the confines of the regulations, must always be a resource of invaluable
public assistance, rather than a bureaucratic obstacle of resistance.
Acknowledging that a traditional cost/benefit analysis is not always
fully applicable to matters of the environment and public recreation,
the agency will be continually cognizant that an economic cost/benefit
analysis is an integral component of DENR's public service endeavor.
That all decisions are made with a respect and understanding that
environmental science is quite complex, comprised of many components,
and most importantly, contains diversity of opinion. In this regard,
all public programs and scientific conclusions must be reflective
of input from a variety of legitimate, diverse and thoughtful perspectives.
That a collaborative stewardship among the citizens, government
regulators and the business community will maintain and enhance
North Carolina's environment and natural resources for the benefit
and enjoyment of everyone living in or visiting our great state.
to pdf version of DENR's Mission Statement