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Public Safety Hazard Prompts Shooting Restrictions on DNR Parcel
Alternative sites being pursued after target shooting closure near Swenson Road in Stevens County   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has placed target shooting restrictions on a parcel of state land near Swenson Road in Stevens County. The... More...
Yakima Neighbors Work Together to Protect Homes, Properties from Wildfires
Community teams with the Department of Natural Resources to launch Wildfire Ready Neighbors program in high-risk areas   Residents, community leaders, local fire districts, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined in Yakima’s Falcon Ridge neighborhood... More...
Spokane Neighbors Work Together to Protect Homes, Properties from Wildfires
For second year, community teams with Department of Natural Resources to expand Wildfire Ready Neighbors program to high-risk areas   Residents, community leaders, forest health experts, local fire districts, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined in... More...
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, DNR Team Up on Good Neighbor Authority’s Bandera Restoration Project
Restoration project partnership between DNR and USFS will bolster forest health, improve aquatic habitats, and bolster trail access in forest east of Seattle   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin the Bandera Restoration Project this... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Approves Changing San Juan County Channel Name to Honor Indigenous Fisherman
Name of Snohomish County marsh, small San Juan island, spelling of Thurston County hill approved during Committee’s regular meeting   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved proposals to rename a channel in the San Juan Islands, new names for an... More...
Chelan Neighbors Work Together to Protect Homes, Properties from Wildfires
For second year, community teams with Department of Natural Resources to expand Wildfire Ready Neighbors program to high-risk areas   Residents, community leaders, forest health experts, regional fire districts, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined in... More...
DNR Presents Eastern Washington Fire Districts With Surplus Wildfire Engines
The Department of Natural Resources presented four Eastern Washington fire districts with surplus wildfire engines in a Spokane-based event on Monday, part of the agency’s annual effort to strengthen fire response in wildfire-prone rural areas.   “Local fire districts... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Asks Department of Interior for Thoughtful Process to Replace Derogatory Placenames
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names sent a letter this week to the U.S. Department of the Interior supporting its plan to rename 18 geographic features in the state that currently have derogatory names referring to Indigenous women. The Committee also raised... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Asks Department of Interior for Thoughtful Process to Replace Derogatory Placenames
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names sent a letter this week to the U.S. Department of the Interior supporting its plan to rename 18 geographic features in the state that currently have derogatory names referring to Indigenous women. The Committee also raised... More...
DNR Launches First-in-the-Nation Carbon Project, Protecting Forests and Creating Over a Million Carbon Offset Credits
Project will preserve 10,000 acres of Western Washington’s most ecologically valuable forests; generate millions of dollars in revenue for schools and counties throughout the state   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday morning announced... More...
Annual DNR Forest Health Report Highlights Impact of Record Heat on Trees in Western Washington
Damage caused by extreme temperatures, increased detection of sooty bark disease of maple among key findings of DNR, USFS scientists   The Department of Natural Resources Forest Resilience Division released its annual Forest Health Highlights report this week... More...
Statement From Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz on the Passing of Former Commissioner Jennifer Belcher
I’m devastated to hear of the passing of Commissioner Jennifer Belcher and my heart goes out to her family and loved ones. As just the second woman to serve in this role, I am forever grateful to Commissioner Belcher for her fearlessness in trailblazing a path that made my... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Seeks Input on Proposed Renaming of 18 Places with Derogatory Names
Second special meeting scheduled for Committee to provide comment before April 25 federal deadline   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names is soliciting public input regarding the U.S. Department of the Interior’s recent proposal to rename 18 geographic... More...
DNR, WSU to Hold Forest Stewardship Courses for Small Forest Landowners
Courses beginning in May provide guidance for small forest landowners on creating forest stewardship plans. Registration ends April 19.   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington State University Extension Forestry program will... More...
DNR to Launch Prescribed Fire Program with Cross-Boundary Burn in Okanogan County
State and federal partners collaborate on prescribed burn in Okanogan County to improve forest health and decrease wildfire severity   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and U.S. Bureau of Land... More...
Forterra, DNR Conserve 40 Acres Of Old-Growth Forest In Central Cascades
Newest phase of conservation success in protecting Washington’s forest resources preserves critical habitat, adds it to Mount Si NRCA Forterra, a Washington based non-profit land trust, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have teamed up to conserve... More...
Commissioner Franz Establishes State’s First “Protection Zone” for Kelp and Eelgrass
Executive order will preserve 2,300 acres of valuable habitat at mouth of the Snohomish River   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today announced a first-of-its-kind Kelp and Eelgrass Protection Zone to conserve 2,300 acres of valuable habitat near the mouth... More...
Public Safety Concerns Prompt Target Shooting Closure on DNR Parcel Near Spokane
The ‘Stonelodge’ property is located west of Suncrest off state Route 291   Due to public safety concerns, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed a parcel of state land in Stevens County to target shooting. The closure will take effect... More...
Legislature’s Investments will Support DNR Efforts to Keep Waters and Habitat Clean, Safe
Legislature’s Investments will Support DNR Efforts to Keep Waters and Habitat Clean, Safe   Once signed into law, House Bill 1700 and Senate Bill 5619 will increase funding for two of DNR’s major aquatic programs   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz... More...
WSU Extension, DNR to Offer Free Online Forest Owners’ Winter School Classes
Free webinar set for February 26 includes education on indigenous land management, insect and diseases advice, and preparing trees for climate change   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington State University Extension Forestry program... More...

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