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Board of Natural Resources to meet Tuesday, August 18
The state Board of Natural Resources will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. The meeting is open to the public. The board meets 11 times a year on the first Tuesday of each month, with the option of holding an additional meeting in August.   Who:   ... More...
Wildfires across Washington and the West stretching firefighting resources: Firefighters hope for drop in human-caused fires
The Coulee Hite fire, currently burning northwest of Spokane, started August 8. Photo courtesy of Fire Chief Nick Scharff, Spokane Fire District 10 Five uncontained large fires in Washington, along with numerous smaller fires, mean firefighting resources are now... More...
New members appointed to Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee
The Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have appointed five new members to the Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee to help the agencies implement the recently created forest management plan.   The committee played... More...
Fire danger rating on the rise in northeast Washington: New restrictions for people working in the woods
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL).   Effective 12:01 a.m. on August 5, 2015: Fire danger has increased from ‘very high’ to ‘... More...
Worst wildfire weather so far this summer arrives today: record temperatures and dry landscape heighten fire danger
OLYMPIA - The most dangerous wildfire weather of the year has arrived today in Washington, with crackling-dry forests and grasslands, soaring temperatures and increased probability of multiple large fires from now through the middle of next week, according to wildfire experts... More...
State Committee on Geographic Names seeks public’s input on proposed changes before next meeting: Residents’ proposals seek new names for geographic features in Grays Harbor, Jefferson, and Pierce...
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names is seeking public input on proposals to change the names of three geographic features in Washington state. Proposed changes receiving the committee’s approval will advance to the Board of Natural Resources, acting as the... More...
DNR buys conservation easement to protect northern spotted owl habitat
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has purchased a permanent conservation easement to protect critical wildlife habitat on a privately owned parcel of forestland in eastern King County.   The easement setting aside approximately 25 acres as... More...
Wildfires spike today in eastern Washington: Firefighting resources already stretched; state official pleads for extreme caution
With state wildland firefighters already battling three large fires and multiple small fires today in eastern Washington, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is asking residents to not light personal fireworks and immediately stop any activity that may spark additional... More...
Fires banned on state lands
Governor Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark take steps to reduce wildfire risk:   With extraordinary heat and drought conditions across the state — and forecasts for more of the same — Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark... More...
Court deems DNR not liable for Port Gamble Bay cleanup: Ruling requires private company to pay costs
A state court has ruled the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not have to pay to clean up pollution from a former mill operation at Port Gamble.   In a June 8 decision, Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Anna M. Laurie dismissed DNR as a... More...
Fire danger rating increases in southeast Washington: New restrictions for people working in the woods
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels on DNR-protected lands.   Effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 13, 2015, the following fire danger rating changes... More...
See a Washington wildfire? Call 911: Callers asked to note location to help speed response
As the 2015 fire season gets underway, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks citizens who spot wildfire anywhere in the state to observe the location of the fire and quickly report it by calling 911.   “Our first line of information about... More...
Fire danger rating increases in northeast Washington: Fire danger rating increases in northeast Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating, burn restrictions and industrial fire precaution levels on DNR-protected lands.   Effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 10, 2015, the following fire... More...
Public auction to sell state trust lands: Residential development property available in Pasco
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction to sell nine contiguous parcels, ranging in size from 15.99 acres to 37.86 acres, located in Franklin County, Washington. The zoning designations include low-density residential, medium-density... More...
Tree grove planting to honor memory of Mike Murphy, former Grays Harbor County commissioner: Capitol State Forest planting will support schools and public services
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun planting a grove of trees in the Capitol State Forest to honor longtime public servant Mike Murphy, who died on June 11, 2014, at his home in Olympia. Originally from Elma, Washington, Murphy was a strong... More...
Board approves conservation land transfer to Clark County: Plan for managing Teanaway Community Forest also okayed
The state Board of Natural Resources today authorized the transfer of 157 acres of state-owned land 11 miles north of Camas to Clark County to use for recreation, open space or wildlife habitat. The parcel was managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)... More...
Public hearing scheduled for Pasco inter-trust exchange
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposes to exchange a parcel of Common School Trust land in Pasco with an agricultural property in rural Franklin County. This exchange would make it possible for DNR to subdivide the Pasco property into several... More...
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...