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New plan for restoring health of Washington’s forests signed into law
After receiving unanimous support from both chambers of the state Legislature, a measure designed to ramp up the restoration of diseased eastern Washington forests was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz praised... More...
DNR’s South Puget Sound Region wildfire staff receives Lead by Example Award
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Mark Stanford, Texas A&M Forest Service, recently presented DNR’s South Puget Sound Region firefighters with the Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award.   “This team of firefighters are visionaries, mentors and... More...
Wildfire season begins tomorrow
Prevention measures to protect life and property are in effect April 15 through October 15 on 13 million acres of DNR-protected lands Even with this wet, rainy spring, wildfire season officially begins Saturday, April 15, as specified by state law.   “All this snow... More...
Join DNR, WDFW in Teanaway Community Forest partnership with work party, celebration
May 6 volunteer event to include tours featuring forest recreation, biology, restoration  The Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife invite those who live near, play in or simply value the Teanaway Community Forest to join them in... More...
DNR seeks community participation on Klickitat Community Forest
Agency hosts April 20 meeting and seeks advisory committee members The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is beginning work to create a forest management plan for the newly created Klickitat Community Forest. Because the forest will be managed with the... More...
Washington, Oregon geological surveys release new homeowners guide to landslides
Pamphlet puts landslide information in homeowners hands OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) have released a new guide to help homeowners identify and reduce landslide... More...
DNR schedules April 4 public hearing on proposed land exchange
The Washington State Department of Natural Resource (DNR) will conduct a public hearing in Everett on April 4, 2017, to provide information and receive comments about the proposed Indian Ridge land exchange.     DNR proposes to exchange 74 acres of state trust... More...
WDFW and DNR continue to seek public involvement on recreation priorities for Manastash Ridge trails
The popular Manastash Ridge trail system near Ellensburg is due for improvement, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continue to seek public involvement in planning upgrades.   Representatives from... More...
DNR, Forest Service sign Good Neighbor agreement
Partnership intended to streamline management of Washington public forests Furthering work to advance healthy, resilient national forests, habitat, and communities, Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Jim Peña... More...
MEDIA ADVISORY: DNR, Forest Service to sign Good Neighbor Authority master agreement
HISTORIC AGREEMENT ALLOWS LAND MANAGEMENT ACROSS JURISDICTIONS   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will sign a Good Neighbor Authority Agreement with the United States Forest Service region 6 Head Forester Jim Pena at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10. ... More...
DNR offering 3,000-acre agricultural lease in Paterson’s Horse Heaven Hills
Bids, due April 6, to include water delivery The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering for lease approximately 3,000 acres of agricultural land in the Paterson-Horse Heaven Hills region. The bid opportunity is unique for its large size,... More...
Board advances Snohomish County timber sale
The state Board of Natural Resources today voted to allow the auction of a 187-acre timber harvest near Gold Bar, Wash., to proceed.    The board voted 2-4 against a resolution to accept a Snohomish County Council request to set aside 25 acres of timber from... More...
Washington leads nation with new Firewise Communities
DNR grants helping 21 communities prepare for 2017 wildfire season.   Washingtonians are recognizing the growing threat of wildfire. In 2016, Washington led the nation in the number of neighborhoods joining the Firewise Communities USA Program with 32 communities... More...
Franz elected to chair Board of Natural Resources
Board confirms appointment of Eric Schroff as DNR Supervisor At a special meeting this morning, the Board of Natural Resources elected Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz as its chair. Washington voters recently elected Franz as the state’s 14th Lands Commissioner to... More...
Board of Natural Resources schedules special meeting
Organizational meeting on Jan. 17, 2017   The state Board of Natural Resources has scheduled a special meeting at: 9 a.m. Jan. 17, 2017 Natural Resources Building, Room 172 1111 Washington St. SE Olympia, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary S.... More...
Franz sworn in as Washington’s 14th Lands Commissioner
New DNR leader will focus on improving the health of Washington’s environment and local economies Hilary S. Franz was sworn in today as Washington’s 14th Commissioner of Public Lands.    Commissioner Franz, 46, said she will focus her administration on... More...
DNR releases beta version of new lidar database to identify geologic threats
Comprehensive data available for public download Sample view of the Washington Lidar Portal. Photo: DNR The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the pre-release of its new lidar database today that will provide more information on geologic... More...
Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee set to begin recreation planning
The Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee will begin developing a recreation plan for the forest when it meets on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Cle Elum.   The meeting, which will be open to the public, will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Swauk-Teanaway Grange,... More...
Stemilt land transfer adds 1,275 acres to wildlife area near Wenatchee
Additional action by Board of Natural Resources will protect forestland in King County from development   At its regular monthly meeting yesterday, the state Board of Natural Resources authorized the transfer of 1,275 acres of mixed forest and grassland in Chelan... More...
DNR expands Puget Sound, Columbia River protection
Goldmark enlarges Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve, denies Millennium sublease request   Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced today he will expand Puget Sound’s Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve north of Bellingham, adding 45 acres previously... More...

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