The Natural Resources Commissioner
is a state level position. The duties of the position vary from state to state, but their general role is maintaining, protecting, and regulating natural resources, including state parks, forests and recreation areas.
| Quick facts about Natural Resources Commissioners
- Wyoming and New Hampshire do not have a Natural Resource Commissioner. In each case, the states' natural resources are overseen by divisions within statewide agriculture and land agencies.
- Only two states - Texas and Washington - publicly elect their natural resources commissioners
- Non-partisan in all but 5 states: Alaska, California, Georgia, Washington and Texas
- Salary range: $75,000 (West Virginia) - $175,000 (California)
List of Current Officeholders
Elected vs. appointed
Forty-eight states have a natural resources commissioner, with Wyoming and New Hampshire being the exceptions. The office is appointed either by the governor or a commission in 46 states, with elections for the position held in Texas and Washington.
One state held scheduled natural resources commissioner elections in the 2012 electoral cycle: Washington.
Incumbent Peter Goldmark (D) won re-election on November 6, 2012.