MEDIA ADVISORY: DNR, Forest Service to sign Good Neighbor Authority master agreement
News Date: 
March 8, 2017
   

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. 
 
This event marks an historic agreement between the Forest Service and the Department of Natural Resources, the first of its kind in Washington State history. 
 
The Good Neighbor Authority significantly advances statewide efforts at creating and sustaining healthy, resilient national forests, habitat and communities. It creates the ability for the agencies to share skills and funding in creative and collaborative ways to improve Washington’s public lands across jurisdictions. 
 
The Good Neighbor Authority stems from the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, allowing the Forest Service to partner with the Department of Natural Resources for watershed restoration and forest management services on National Forest System lands. Wildfires, habitat connectivity, species recovery, sustainable wood products, and job creation are among the challenges and opportunities facing these public lands.
 
The value of this agreement cannot be understated when viewed through the lenses of the communities they directly effect. Commissioner Franz is incredibly proud to be shepherding in this agreement in her first 100 days in office. 
 
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
What: Photo and opportunity to interview Commissioner Franz, Head Forester Pena, legislators, tribal representatives, conservation advocates, timber industry leaders and more. 
When: March 10, 2 p.m. 
Where: Natural Resources Building
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Driving Directions
 
MEDIA CONTACT
Cori Simmons 
Washington State Department of Natural Resources 
360-870-3853
cori.simmons@dnr.wa.gov
 
Stephen Baker
United States Forest Service
503-808-2690
stephenbaker@fs.fed.us