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DNR purchase on Olympic Peninsula adds to wildlife habitat and working forest: Board of Natural Resources also approves conservation land transfers in King, Klickitat and Thurston counties
At its regular monthly public meeting today, the Board of Natural Resources authorized the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to purchase 1,720 acres of forestland north of the Quinault Indian Reservation on the western Olympic Peninsula. The $5.2 million... More...
DNR offering wildfire preparation info for communities: Six eastern Washington outreach meetings scheduled in April and May
With conditions ripe for another active season of wildfires, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has organized a series of wildfire preparedness meetings in eastern Washington.   These meetings are aimed at helping residents in fire-prone... More...
DNR asks House to fully fund wildfire, landslide mapping, timber-harvest monitoring requests: Commissioner Goldmark pleads for public safety requests
With public safety a top priority, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today urged the state House Appropriations Committee to fully fund resource requests to fight wildfires, map landslides and inspect timber harvests in unstable areas.   “More natural... More...
DNR schedules public hearing about exchange of trust designations for state trust land near Camas: Transaction would set stage for 163-acre transfer to Clark County
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a public hearing on April 8 to provide information and receive comments on the proposed Spud Mountain Inter-Trust Exchange. This exchange of trust designations between parcels of DNR-managed land would make... More...
DNR to expand recreation opportunities along the Snoqualmie Corridor: New recreation plan adopted
Hikers, kayakers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and rock climbers will benefit from the improved and expanded recreation opportunities outlined in the new Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Plan, released today by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.... More...
10th annual Great Gravel Pack-In showcases valuable volunteer collaborations
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites you to join the Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark and volunteers from a diverse range of recreation backgrounds for the annual Great Gravel Pack-In. In its tenth year, the Capitol State Forest event... More...
DNR helps boost forest health: Agency offers forest health workshop for foresters, loggers, contractors
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington State University Extension will host a forest health training workshop for natural resource professionals on April 8 in Glenwood.   This workshop will give foresters, loggers, restoration... More...
Board authorizes deal to keep BBQ Flats open for recreation: Land sale to Squaxin Island tribe also approved
The state Board of Natural Resources yesterday authorized the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to proceed with a package of land transactions and infrastructure improvements that will assure permanent public access to BBQ Flats, a popular DNR-managed... More...
Feds award $2 million grant to help reduce Washington wildfire threats
When wildfires or beetle infestations slash through Washington’s forests, they don’t stop to ask permission as they cross private property or lands managed by government agencies. A $2 million federal grant will help reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on across... More...
Senate unanimously passes bill to beef up hazard mapping: Measure sets DNR as storehouse for new LiDAR maps
The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday for a bill requested by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark to use LiDAR technology to develop and catalog detailed maps of Washington’s geologic hazards.   Introduced by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, Senate Bill... More...
State Board of Natural Resources: Regular meeting scheduled for March 10
The Board of Natural Resources will convene its regular monthly meeting at 9 a.m., March 10, 2015, rescheduled from March 3. Meeting details What: Board of Natural Resources meeting When: 9 a.m., March 10, 2015 Where: Natural Resources Building, 1111... More...
DNR schedules public hearing about exchange of trust designations for state lands near Elbe and Olympia: Transaction would set stage for 547-acre conservation transfer
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a public hearing on February 26 to provide information and receive comments on the proposed Pleasant Valley Inter-Trust Exchange. This exchange of trust designations between parcels of DNR-managed land would... More...
Forest Practices Board approves new rule for timber harvests and unstable slopes
The state Forest Practices Board voted unanimously at its regular quarterly meeting yesterday to approve a rule that clarifies the authority of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to require geologic hazard assessments by licensed geologists when timber... More...
Scientific conference to examine impacts of state forest practices rules
Peer-reviewed results of independent scientific studies of the effectiveness of Washington state’s forest practices rules will be presented at a two-day conference this week in Olympia. The 2015 Forest Practices Adaptive Management Science Conference will be held Wednesday,... More...
DNR to hold webinar on sustainable harvest calculation: Public comment requested on the scope of environmental review
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will present an informational webinar on February 12, 2015, as part of the public process of determining a sustainable harvest level on forested state trust lands in western Washington. The live webinar will take place... More...
DNR updates public lands maps popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts: ‘Quadrangle maps’ show public lands near Chewelah, Mount Baker and Mount Adams
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the publication of three updated maps detailing roads, property boundaries, trails, recreation sites, and other information about public lands. The updated maps, which are available for purchase, cover the... More...
DNR, WDFW plan for growing recreation from eastern Cascade Range to Columbia River: New recreation plan adopted
The Washington state departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced the release of the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation and Access Plan. The collaborative recreation plan encompasses 230,000 acres of DNR and WDFW lands that stretch... More...
DNR earned $265 million for public schools, county services and other state trust beneficiaries last year
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published its 2014 Annual Report today, revealing that leasing and natural resource sales on state trust lands produced nearly $265 million in non-tax revenue for public school construction, county services, state... More...
DNR offers forest health workshop: Wildfire prevention workshop, Saturday, February 7, in Lyle
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a workshop designed for eastern Washington forest landowners to learn how to reduce wildfire risk, improve forest health, and enhance wildlife habitat by actively managing their property.   This is... More...
Public invited to comment on proposed expansion of Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area and an exchange of state trust lands near Everett
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct a public hearing on January 21 in Everett to provide information and receive comments about a proposed expansion of the Morning Star Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) and two related transactions... More...