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Capital budget failure leaves forests in jeopardy
Funding needed to cope with state’s increasing risk of wildfire, honor preservation commitments and help train youth for living wage jobs in their community Washington’s forests remain in jeopardy after the Legislature adjourned without passing a capital budget yesterday... More...
Fire danger increases with heat, wind
With strong winds and hot temperatures expected this weekend, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is prepositioning firefighters across fire-prone areas of the state and urging everyone to use abundant caution when working or recreating outdoors.  ... More...
Fire danger and industrial fire precaution level increases statewide
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands around the state.   Western Washington Effective 12:01 a.m., Saturday, July... More...
DNR opens mountain bike trails an hour’s drive from Everett
Celebrate North Mountain Bike Skills Area opening July 15 in Darrington Click image to enlarge. In conjunction with Darrington Day, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to join them, Darrington community leaders,... More...
Warm, dry weather raises fire danger rating in northwest Washington
Due to rising fire danger and continued hot and dry weather conditions, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Northwest Region is banning outdoor burning on DNR-protected lands in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island and San Juan counties. Recreational fires in... More...
Board reviews impacts of conservation and timber harvest alternatives
Board of Natural Resources examines financial projections for several approaches to forest management and habitat conservation   OLYMPIA – At their regular monthly meeting Wednesday, members of the state Board of Natural Resources dug into a staff-prepared draft... More...
‘Stonelodge’ area closed to target shooting during high fire danger
Site near Suncrest closes just after midnight Due to high fire danger, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), working with Stevens County, is temporarily closing a portion of state land to shooting, effective July 7.   Closure of the area... More...
Fire danger rating increases in eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands.   Effective 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, July 5, 2017: Fire danger will increase from moderate to... More...
Celebrate Independence from Wildfires
With the arrival of summer temperatures and the Fourth of July holiday, DNR is urging people to be cautious of rising fire danger. Those celebrating should be especially careful with fireworks and check local restrictions on fireworks and campfires.    So... More...
Coming heat wave raises fire danger rating in eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources increased fire danger ratings across eastern Washington today, Thursday, June 22.   A dry, cold front is expected to increase temperatures, lower humidity and increase winds across the region through the evening... More...
Fire danger increases in Eastern Washington ahead of dry cold front
Burn restrictions implemented   OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that a dry cold front will pass through Tuesday evening, challenging initial attack operations on new fires that occur across eastern Washington.... More...
Board of Natural Resources examines marbled murrelet habitat conservation options
Ten-year timber harvest calculation for state lands also discussed   At its regular monthly meeting on June 6, the state Board of Natural Resources took an in-depth look at key components of proposed alternatives to conserve habitat for the marbled murrelet on state... More...
DNR continues conversations for Tahuya State Forest target shooting range
June 20 meeting set in Belfair for input on proposed site locations The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting target shooters, recreationists, forest workers, nearby homeowners and other members of the public to join in discussions this summer... More...
Commissioner of Public Lands Announces Rural Communities Partnership Initiative
Commissioner to embark on statewide tour The Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced today the launch of the Rural Communities Partnership Initiative, an ongoing program that will partner DNR assets and expertise with communities around the state to create new... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz released the following statement after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the Parics Climate Agreement.     “This is a sad day for America. President Trump has broken our promise to the... More...
Commissioner Franz letter requesting President Trump maintain U.S. commitment to Paris Climate Agreement
Dear President Trump:  I am writing to implore you to maintain our nation's commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change. My request has nothing to do with politics or ideology, on which we likely disagree. Rather, it has everything to do with ensuring the... More...
Lands Commissioner raises concerns over proposed Trump budget
DNR relies on federal partnerships to protect Washington’s environment and ensure economic growth in the natural resource sector   Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz sees the potential for serious problems in Washington State if President Trump’s proposed federal... More...
Don’t forget fire safety this holiday weekend
Wildfire risk increases as fuels begin to dry out It may have been one of the soggiest springs on record, but with 12 eastern Washington wildfires starts within DNR protection areas this week, and one fire currently burning near Leavenworth, Wash., Washington State... More...
DNR sets new landslide mapping standards
Protocol standardizes methods for using lidar to map landslides in Washington State The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has published standardized methods for mapping landslides in Washington using lidar.   Geologists from the Washington... More...
More than 400 firefighters to train for coming wildfire season at Naches academy
More than 400 firefighters will train in basic and advanced wildland firefighting skills next week at the Central Washington Interagency Wildfire Training Academy. This academy is part of a larger coordinated effort that will allow agencies responsible for responding to... More...

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