About the Washington Department of Natural Resources

Just prior to statehood, a cash-poor, land-rich federal government provided Washington with more than 3 million acres of land to build schools and other vital public institutions. Free public education was seen then, as it is now, as essential to American freedom, prosperity and happiness. Two square miles of every 36-square "township" were given to the young state of Washington to generate revenue for education.
In 1957, the legislature created the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to manage state trust lands for the people of Washington. Under the elected leadership of the Commissioner of Public Lands, DNR manages seven specific trusts to generate revenue and preserve forests, water, and habitat. DNR now manages 5.6 million acres of forest, range, agricultural, aquatic, and commercial lands for more than $200 million in annual financial benefit for public schools, state institutions, and county services.
Our mission: Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington’s lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Divisions and Programs

Aquatic Resources Division - ard@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1100, fax: 360-902-1786
MS 47027, Olympia, WA 98504-47027  
DNR is the steward of more than 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands and manages them to ensure environmental protection, foster water dependent uses and encourages public access, as well as the ability to use natural resources such as shellfish.
Camping, Hiking, and other Recreation
MS 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014
Recreation and Conservation Division - naturalareas@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1600, fax: 360-902-1789
MS 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014
Engineering and General Services Division - egsd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1200, fax: 360-902-1778
MS 47030, Olympia, WA 98504-7030
Financial Management Division - fmd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1250, fax: 360-902-1780
MS 47041, Olympia, WA 98504-7041
Forest Resiliency Division - wd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1300, fax: 360-902-1757
MS 47037, Olympia, WA 98504-7016
DNR is working to make forests across the state healthier, and in turn, more resilient to wildfires, climate change, drought, insects, and diseases. This work is part of the agency’s Forest Action Plan and its 20-Year Forest Health Strategic Plan to reduce wildfire risk, boost rural economies, and improve the health of more than 1.25 million acres of Washington forests through partnerships with state and federal agencies, tribes, and private and commercial landowners.
Forest Regulation Division - fpd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1400, fax: 360-902-1428        
MS 47012, Olympia, WA 98504-7012
DNR oversees the activities of private property owners interested in harvesting timber, building or repairing forest roads or culverts, or thinning their forests. The division provides resources and monitors compliance to help protect public safety and the environment.
Forest Resources Division - frcd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1600, fax: 360-902-1789
MS 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7016
DNR manages the state trust lands and forests to generate healthy forests and sustained revenue for the trustees of Washington.
Human Resources Division - hrd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1150. fax: 360-902-1777        
MS 47033, Olympia, WA 98504-7033
Information Technology Division - itd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1500, fax: 360-902-1790         
MS 47020, Olympia, WA 98504-7020
Natural Resources Police
360-902-1625 or 360-902-1698, fax: 360-902-1789         
MS 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7014
DNR's natural resources police officers work to ensure safety, protect state assets and the environment by checking permits, enforcing laws, investigating accidents and wildfires, preventing natural resource theft, and working with local law enforcement authorities.
Office of Budget and Economics - obe@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1730, fax: 360-902-1775
MS 47001, Olympia, WA 98504-7001
Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands - cpl@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1004, fax: 360-902-1775    
MS 47001, Olympia, WA 98504-7001
Every four years the people of Washington elect a Commissioner of Public Lands to oversee 3 million acres of publicly owned lands, DNR's $312 million annual budget, and widely diverse programs.
Product Sales and Leasing Division - mld@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1600, fax: 360-902-1789    
MS 47014, Olympia, WA 98504-7016
Washington Geological Survey - geology@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1450, fax: 360-902-1785 
MS 47007, Olympia, WA 98504-7007
DNR monitors, assess, and informs the public, planners, and municipal officials about the known risks associated with Washington's earthquakes, landslides, and volcanoes to reduce the human and financial costs of natural disasters.
Wildland Fire Management Division - wd@dnr.wa.gov
360-902-1300, fax: 360-902-1757        
MS 47037, Olympia, WA 98504-7037
Across Washington's landscapes, DNR works to minimize the destruction that wildfires can cause. This division provides resources to local fire districts, manages wildfire prevention programs, sets fire precaution levels, and operates the State of Washington’s largest on-call fire department.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Natural Resources Building
MS 47000, Olympia, WA 98504
1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98504