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 or disapprove trust land timber and mineral sales
- Establish the sustainable harvest level for forested trust lands
- Approve or disapprove sales or exchanges of trust lands
- Guide DNR’s stewardship of state Natural Area Preserves, Natural Resources Conservation Areas, and aquatic or submerged 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.
- State 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)
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
Board members serve open-ended terms and represent the institutions and counties that benefit from the trusts.
(view member terms - 12KB PDF)