Natural Heritage Advisory Council

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The Natural Heritage Advisory Council (established by RCW 79.70.070) advises the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the State Parks and Recreation Commission about implementing the Natural Area Preserves Act.

The Council has several functions:

For more information, view the Natural Heritage Advisory Council factsheet.


The council has 15 members. The ten members are appointed by the Commissioner of Public Lands and they serve four-year terms. Five non-voting, ex-officio members are appointed by agencies and they serve open-ended terms.
Ten members appointed by the Commissioner of Public Lands:
  • Five of whom must also be recognized experts in the ecology of natural areas
  • At least one who is (or represents) a private forest landowner
  • At least one who is (or represents) a private agricultural landowner
  • Five non-voting, ex-officio, members appointed by their agency heads to represent DNR, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology, State Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Recreation and Conservation Office


October 19, 2022

June 13-14, 2022

March 23, 2022
Meeting cancelled

January 19, 2022


October 13, 2021

June 9, 2021

March 11, 2021


September 18, 2020

June 4, 2020

March 27, 2020

January 15, 2020
Meeting cancelled


October 22, 2019

June 20 - 21, 2019

April 11, 2019
Meeting cancelled

January 29, 2019