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Board of Natural Resources 

The Board of Natural Resources sets policies to guide how the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages our state’s lands and resources. The board was formed when DNR was created in 1957.

The Board has several responsibilities:

  • Approve trust land timber sales
  • Approve sales, exchanges, or purchases of trust lands
  • Establish the sustainable harvest level for forested trust lands

The Board also serves in three other roles:

  • Harbor Line Commission — Establishes or relocates harbor lines to define boundaries for commerce and navigation in the state’s navigable waters.
  • Board of Appraisers — Carries out the Washington State Constitution’s requirement that no lands granted to the state for educational purposes be sold except to the highest bidder at public action unless improvements have been established by a Board of Appraisers.
  • Board on Geographic Names — Hears and considers recommendations from the Committee on Geographic Names for naming lakes, mountains, streams, places, towns and other geographic features within the state.

The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month except August.
(view agendas and minutes)

PLEASE NOTE:  Members of the public who would like to present  materials to the Board of Natural Resources for consideration must provide the materials to the board coordinator three (3) business days prior to the board meeting. As the board normally meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except in August), materials must be submitted by the close of business on the Wednesday before the meeting in order to be distributed to Board members. Please send board materials to:

The Commissioner of Public Lands is the secretary of the Board. The Board selects a chair and vice-chair from its membership.
(view board members - 12KB PDF)

By statute, the members are:

  • Commissioner of Public Lands
  • Governor or their designee
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • County commissioner from a county with state forest trust lands
  • Director, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington
  • Dean, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University

Member Terms
Board members serve open-ended terms and represent the institutions and counties that benefit from the trusts.
(view member terms - 12KB PDF)



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Board of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 47000, Olympia, WA 98504-7000
Fax 360-902-1775

Board Coordinator
Sarah Vansot
Fax 360-902-1775

 Related Links

BNR Meeting Agenda Packets & Minutes
Committee on Geographic Names