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State seeks advisory committee members for Teanaway Community Forest
The Washington state departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are seeking applications through June 10 for the citizen-based Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee. The advisory committee provides advice to the agencies about the ongoing... More...
Wildfire risk ever-present this Memorial Day weekend: DNR warns of early fire season dangers
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges everyone to help prevent wildland fires over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. The extended holiday weekend brings a higher-than-average number of visitors to the forests, raising... More...
DNR names Stephen Bernath as new forest practices chief: State Forest Aaron Everett to take on policy leadership role
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced that he will appoint environmental scientist Stephen Bernath as Deputy Supervisor for Forest Practices. Bernath, who has previously served in senior forestry roles at DNR, is following State Forester Aaron Everett in... More...
Public hearing scheduled on proposed trust land exchange in Columbia and King counties: Department of Natural Resources and utility company seek to trace parcels
A public hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m., May 14, 2015, to provide information and receive comments from the public about a proposed land exchange between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).   Who... More...
State board authorizes nearly 3,000 acres for conservation and low-impact recreation in Snohomish and Kitsap counties: Action by Board of Natural Resources also will inject $7 million into public...
Today at its regular monthly public meeting, the Board of Natural Resources authorized two transfers of state trust land that, combined, will shift nearly 3,000 acres of state-owned forest and wetlands in western Washington into conservation status. In addition to providing... More...
DNR celebrates lasting stewardship with 13th annual “Pick Up the Burn”: Join the Yacolt Burn State Forest event this May 2
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites you to join dedicated volunteers and partners for the annual “Pick Up the Burn.” In its thirteenth year, the Yacolt Burn State Forest event brings off-road vehicle riders, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback... More...
DNR to host April 22 open house at Woodard Bay NRCA: Agency showcasing enhancements to environmental education and public access on Earth Day
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is marking Earth Day with an open house to celebrate recent improvements to the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA).   Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Squaxin Island... More...
Governor signs bill to boost mapping of state’s geologic hazards: DNR to use LiDAR to identify threats from landslide, earthquake, tsunamis
Washington will have more information than ever about the threat geologic hazards hold for communities and citizens under a new law signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee.   Requested by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Senate Bill 5088 requires an... More...
Wildfire season begins today: Prevention measures to protect life and property are in effect through October 15 on 13 million acres of DNR-protected lands
Wildfire season officially begins April 15, as specified by state law, and already the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has had more than 60 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by the agency.   “This year, we have ominous... More...
DNR hazard mapping receives unanimous approval from House: Measure sets DNR as storehouse for new LiDAR maps
A catalog of detailed LiDAR maps of Washington’s geologic hazards is one step closer to reality after the state House voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a bill requested by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.   Senate Bill 5088 requires the Washington... More...
Public invited to comment on Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan: April 9 public meeting kicks off comment period
The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on a draft Teanaway Community Forest Management Plan kicked off by an open house public meeting scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015.   Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and... More...
DNR offers forest health workshop for eastern Washington landowners
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a forest health workshop for forest landowners on April 25 in Goldendale.   This workshop is designed for eastern Washington forest landowners to learn how to reduce wildfire risk, improve forest... More...
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...