Board of Natural Resources

The Board of Natural Resources sets policies to guide how the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages our state’s lands and resources. The board was formed when DNR was created in 1957.

The Board has several responsibilities:

  • Approve trust land timber sales
  • Approve sales, exchanges, or purchases of trust lands
  • Establish the sustainable harvest level for forested trust lands

The Board also serves in three other roles:

Harbor Line Commission — Establishes or relocates harbor lines to define boundaries for commerce and navigation in the state’s navigable waters.
Board of Appraisers — Carries out the Washington State Constitution’s requirement that no lands granted to the state for educational purposes be sold except to the highest bidder at public action unless improvements have been established by a Board of Appraisers.
Board on Geographic Names — Hears and considers recommendations from the Committee on Geographic Names for naming lakes, mountains, streams, places, towns and other geographic features within the state.


PLEASE NOTE: Members of the public who would like to present materials to the Board of Natural Resources for consideration must provide the materials to the board coordinator three (3) business days prior to the board meeting. As the board normally meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except in August), materials must be submitted by the close of business on the Wednesday before the meeting in order to be distributed to Board members. Please send board materials to:
The Board meets the first Tuesday of each month except August. (see list below)
Board meetings will also be listed on the agency calendar.


October 1, 2019


September 3, 2019



Timber Sales Auction Results for August 2019

August 2019 - no regular meeting

July 2, 2019



June 5-6, 2019 BNR Retreat

Locations: Ellensburg and Tri-cities Area
The Board of Natural Resources will be meeting in Ellensburg on Tuesday, June 4. After that, the members of the board will be taking a two-day tour of DNR's Southeast Region as part of their annual retreat. If you have any questions, please email

June 4, 2019

Meeting Location: Hal Holmes Community Center, Ellensburg, WA



May 7, 2019



April 2, 2019

January 18, 2019


December 4, 2018

November 6, 2018

October 2, 2018

September 4, 2018

June 27, 2018 Special Meeting - CANCELLED

January 5, 2018