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Public Disclosure Information
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) follows the state of Washington's Public Records Act (RCW 42.56) to provide access to public records.
All records maintained by the DNR are available for public inspection unless specifically exempted by law. You are entitled to access public records, under reasonable conditions, during regular business hours and to be provided copies of those records upon paying the costs of making the copy. In most cases, you do not have to explain why you want the records. However, specific information may be necessary to process your request and necessary to establish if disclosure would violate certain provisions of law.
The more precisely you can identify the record(s) you seek, the more responsive we can be. The DNR provides access to existing public records in its possession; however, agencies are not required to collect information or organize data to create a record not existing at the time of the request.

Frequently Requested Records
The Department of Natural Resources manages various state-owned lands for the benefit of various state and county trusts. For records that relate to specific local government offices we would not have, we suggest you contact the specific local county, cities or town government offices which can be located by visiting Access Washington then select government agencies then select either counties or cities or towns to locate the specific links.
Wildland fire investigation reports: once an investigator completes a wildland forest fire investigation, the investigation report is forwarded to approving authorities for review and approval.  Depending on the complexity of the fire, this process can take up to a year or more to complete.  For more information about these investigations visit: DNR Wildland fire investigations.
Forest Practices Applications can be accessed by the public online (link)
How to submit a public records request
You may submit request for public records to the agency using any of the following methods:
•    Online: public records request form
•    Email: (note, records request submitted by email will only be accepted if sent to
•    Write a letter and MAIL or FAX your request to:
Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Public Disclosure Office  
1111 Washington St., PO Box 47014
Olympia, WA 98504-7014
Fax (360) 902-1789

What to include in your request
You may submit your request on the DNR's Public Records Request form or in another written format that contains the following information:
•    Name of requester;
•    Date of request;
•    Phone, email, and/or address or other contact information of requester;
•    Identification of the public records that is adequate enough for the DNR staff to locate the records (i.e. legal description, lease number, Grantee/Grantor);
•    Location (department) of the requested records, if known;
•    Whether the requester intends to inspect the records onsite or prefers a photocopy at the cost set forth in in DNR’s Basic Fee Schedule
•    Method by which the Department should contact the requester.
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How the DNR will respond to your Public Records Request
Within five business days of receipt of the request (day one is the first working day after the request is received), the DNR will do one or more of the following:
•    Make the records available for inspection or copying; or
•    Identify an internet location where the record can be accessed. Requesters who cannot access the internet may be provided hard copies or access to a DNR terminal to access the record; or
•    If copies are requested and payment of a deposit for the copies, if any, is made or terms of payment are agreed upon, send the copies to the requester; or 
•    Provide a reasonable estimate of when records will be available; or
•    If the requester is unclear or does not sufficiently identify the requested records, request clarification from the requester. Such clarification may be requested and provided by telephone. The public records officer or designee may revise the estimate of when records will be available; or
•    Deny the request.

•    Agencies cannot charge fees to allow requesters to inspect records
•    Agencies cannot charge fees for searching, reviewing or redacting records
•    Agencies cannot charge a requester for staff salaries, benefits or general overhead or administrative costs, unless they are directly related to the actual cost of copying records (the charges must be reasonable, and documented.)
•    Agencies can charge fees for copies themselves (15 cents per page, or actual costs).  Agencies can pass along the costs of sending records to an outside vendor or service so the records can be copied (i.e. blueprints, photographs, tape recordings, etc)
•    Agencies can charge for costs of mailing records (postage, shipping, container, envelopes etc.)
•    Agencies are to make their fee schedules available to the public (see DNR’s basic fee schedule below).
•    There may be other laws, outside of the Public Records Act, that permit an agency to charge fees for records (i.e. GIS data that is time consuming to retrieve can be charged as a specialty services)
Basic Fee Schedule
View the requested records at DNR No Charge
40 Pages or Less No charge for any standard size non-color paper copies or actual charge by outside source*
41 Pages or More $.15 per page for any size paper copies (charge includes first 40 pages) or actual charge by outside source*
Color Copies - Standard & Legal Size $.35 per page (charge includes first 40 pages) or actual charge by outside source*
Color Copies - 11"x17" $.70 per page (charge includes first 40 pages) or actual charge by outside source*
GIS Data/Maps Actual cost incurred by Agency
Certified Copies $5.00 per page
Mailing  Actual cost of mailing records to include postage, shipping, container, envelopes, photographs, audio tapes, video tapes, diskettes, etc.
CDs and DVDs $1.00 per CD; $2.00 per DVD
*Actual charge: If records/materials need to be copied by an outside source due to volume, current workload of DNR staff, or any other reason, the requestor pays the actual amount invoiced to the DNR by the vendor.
1.    In the event a records request is estimated to exceed $25.00, the DNR, at its discretion, may require the requestor to deposit an amount not to exceed 10% of the estimate cost PRIOR to the duplication of the records and the full amount prior to receiving the records.
2.    Fees may be charged above the basic fee schedule if a program has determined specific charges for a particular record.