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DNR Joins Partner Agencies To Collaborate on Prescribed Fire, Smoke Management
Federal And State Agencies and Departments are Coming Together to Address Wildfire Crisis in the Pacific Northwest     The Department of Natural Resources has joined state and federal partner agencies and departments across Oregon and Washington in an... More...
Board of Natural Resources Approves Expansion of Devils Lake Natural Resources Conservation Area
The Trust Land Transfer will add 443 acres of wildlife habitat, forested shoreline, and rare forest plant community to the existing NRCA in Jefferson County   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved a 443-acre expansion of the Devils Lake Natural... More...
Board of Natural Resources Approves 4 Central Washington Land Transfers
The Land Bank exchanges will create new revenue streams for the Common School Trust while transferring lower-performing properties to the Land Bank   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved a slate of land transactions that will allow the Department... More...
DNR to Hold Public Auction of Property in Klickitat County
Sale Funds to be Used to Improve State Trust Revenue   The Washington Department of Natural Resources is preparing to hold an oral public auction to sell an undeveloped 10.34-acre property in Klickitat County. In February, the Cliffside Estates Lot 3 Property was... More...
DNR to Conduct Mock Fire Exercises in Capitol State Forest
Agency helicopters, firefighters and equipment will be deployed Wednesday in a simulated training for aviation and ground crews   In preparation for wildfire season, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be conducting two mock fire exercises... More...
DNR Planning Prescribed Burns on up to 2,580 Acres of State Trust Lands
The agency continues ramping up prescribed fire operations after program relaunched in 2022   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources released a list on Monday of eight prescribed burns the agency intends to execute this spring on state trust lands in... More...
Wildfire Ready Neighbors Program Expands to Spokane Valley
The free program connects neighbors with resources for wildfire season, including local experts and custom home-hardening plans.   On Tuesday, March 19, representatives from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources joined Spokane Valley Fire and Spokane... More...
DNR Forest Health Treatments Provide New Revenue for Schools
Forest Health Revolving Account invests in forest health, risk reduction and protection while supporting statewide services   An innovative program run by the Washington Department of Natural Resources to restore forest health will distribute $6,551,212 of funds to... More...
Commissioner Franz: The Fight to Reinstate Net Pens in Washington is Over
Cooke Aquaculture, the company behind the 2017 net pen disaster, dropped its appeal of its canceled net pen leases   Cooke Aquaculture Pacific (Cooke) today dismissed its own appeal of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) cancelation of its net pen... More...
Commissioner Franz Applauds The Signing of Two Critical Bills Into Law
Today two bills requested by the Department of Natural Resources, HB 2003 and HB 2091, were signed into law   Today Washington is one step closer to building a memorial to fallen firefighters and has incentivized housing development on public lands. HB 2091, which... More...
Board of Natural Resources Approves Kitsap County Trust Land Transfer
The transaction will provide more than 700 acres of land north of Kingston for public access and conservation   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved the transfer of 705.8 acres of land to Kitsap County through the Trust Land Transfer program... More...
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources Announces a Kids’ Environmental Justice Art Contest
Youth of all ages are encouraged to participate   The Washington State Department of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting submissions for this year’s Youth Art Contest with the theme of environmental justice. Children grades K-12 are encouraged... More...
Commissioner Franz Announces $8 Million in Urban Forestry Grants
More than 40 communities from Seattle to Spokane slated to get funding for urban trees   More than $8 million will be used to plant trees in communities across Washington as the Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced the 45 recipients of the agency... More...
Commissioner Franz Labor Protections Working for Washington’s Lands and Workers
Project Labor Agreements protect union workers on large projects, while apprenticeship paying dividends for growing workforce   Workers on projects funded by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are gaining experience and working under increased... More...
DNR, Partner Agencies Release Draft Wildfire Mitigation Plan Template For Public Review
Template seeks to standardize the organization of wildfire mitigation activities by electric utilities across the state   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are presenting a draft of the proposed template and suggested elements... More...
Commissioner Franz Issues Statement on Legislative Budget Proposals
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement today about the proposed supplemental state budgets introduced this week in the Washington Legislature   “I am appreciative that the Senate proposed full funding of our critical work to prevent... More...
Commissioner Franz Celebrates Federal Disaster Declaration for Spokane County Families After Devastating Wildfires
Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement following today’s announcement of President Joe Biden’s approval of Federal assistance for those impacted by Gray and Oregon Fires:   "I am heartened by President Biden's... More...
DNR Releases New Fire Prevention Animated Videos
4-part series of explainer animations to help communities be safe   To help reduce human-caused wildfires, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has teamed up with Next Day Animations to create four fire safety explainer animation videos.... More...
DNR Launches Youth Education and Outreach Program Website and Strategic Plan
The year-old program has already impacted thousands of students across Washington state.   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources released its first strategic plan and website for its Youth Education and Outreach Program today as part of its push to... More...
Study Shows Seattle Fault May Have Origins in Ancient Tear in Continent
Study by DNR geophysicist suggests hazardous Seattle Fault Zone developed as the edge of the continent split more than 50 million years ago   The Seattle fault zone is a network of shallow faults slicing through the lowlands of Puget Sound, threatening to create... More...

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