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Commissioner of Public Lands Expresses Gratitude for Volunteers on National Public Lands Day
Washington residents can visit state-managed lands for free on Saturday, Sept. 24   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, head of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), invites Washingtonians to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday... More...
Weekend Wind Event Raises Wildfire Risk Across Washington
Drawing parallels to the winds that exacerbated the 2020 Labor Day fires, sustained east winds of 15-20 mph are projected for Friday and Saturday   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expecting an east wind event over the weekend that, paired... More...
Trio of Land Transactions Approved by Board of Natural Resources
State receives donations from Clallam, Snohomish counties, will auction Klickitat County parcel not suitable to support school construction   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved three land transactions, including two donations from county... More...
Board of Natural Resources Finalizes Trust Land Transfer Parcel List
Revitalized tool would allow 7,000 acres of DNR-managed trust land to be conserved or managed for recreation   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved a priority list of 10 underperforming parcels to be transferred into conservation or recreation... More...
Commissioner Franz Calls for Caution from Public to Mitigate Wildfires During Labor Day Weekend
The Commissioner of Public Lands asks Washington residents to avoid starting outdoor fires, take care while recreating outdoors   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is asking members of the public to help prevent wildfire starts during the upcoming Labor Day... More...
Hearing Scheduled for Clallam County Land Exchange Proposal
Lost Mountain Land Exchange would increase access to DNR-managed lands southwest of Sequim   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning a public presentation and hearing September 21 in Port Angeles to discuss a proposed land exchange that... More...
DNR Launches Landowner Assistance Tool
New web-based navigation portal aims to simplify landowner experience as DNR expands service forestry program   The Washington Department of Natural Resources today released a new web platform designed to help private landowners navigate the ever-growing array of... More...
Help Recognize Our State’s Wildfire Prevention Efforts: 2023 Smokey Bear Awards Application Window Has Opened
 Washington State Forester George Geissler is announcing the opening of the application window for the 2023 Smokey Bear Awards – wildfire prevention’s most prestigious national honor, reserved for people or organizations making significant strides to protect and preserve... More...
DNR, Ecology, WDFW Recognize Large Landowners for Completion of Road Maintenance, Fish Passage Program
Program opens up 5,200 miles of fish habitat, leads to reduced sediment and 31,000 miles of improved forest roads   Washington state’s large landowners have corrected nearly 8,500 fish passage barriers and reopened 5,200 miles of fish habitat since 2001 under the... More...
State Officials Ask Residents to Check Trees for Invasive Insects and Diseases
National Tree Check Month comes as Washington scientists study emerging threats to western Washington tree health   Officials from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Department of Agriculture, and the Washington Invasive Species... More...
DNR Closes Vehicle Access to Sumas Mountain After Illegal Trails, Dumping Damage Forest
Block of land in Whatcom County will reopen for hunting season, remain open if issues cease   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has temporarily closed the area around Sumas Mountain in Whatcom County to motor vehicle access after unsanctioned... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Hears First Tribal Proposals for Derogatory Place Names
Committee also approves name for peak in Whatcom County, lake in Okanogan County during its meeting Tuesday   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names heard the first proposals from tribes within the state to rename features bearing a derogatory term that... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement in Response to Washington Supreme Court Ruling
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, head of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), released the following statement in response to the Washington Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Conservation Northwest, et al. v. Commissioner of Public Lands et al., regarding the... More...
DNR, WSU Field Days Come to Western Washington
Registration is open for Winlock field day set for Aug. 13, Vashon event on Aug. 27.   Western Washington landowners will have two chances next month to get out in the woods and learn about a wide variety of topics related to forest stewardship, including forest... More...
New Study Details Impacts of Tsunami from Fault Running Through Seattle
Earthquake would produce tsunami waves that would hit state’s largest city in minutes   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new study showing the impact of a tsunami produced by a major earthquake on the Seattle Fault.  ... More...
DNR Awards Record Amount of Urban and Community Forestry Grant Funding
More than $550,000 allocated to 21 projects ranging from urban tree planting to removal of invasive species   The Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program has awarded 21 organizations more than $550,000 combined in grant funding to support... More...
Board Approves Naming San Juan County Channel for Indigenous Businessman and Politician
Additional proposals name small San Juan island and Snohomish County marsh, correct spelling for Thurston County hill   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved four naming proposals, including the renaming of a San Juan County waterway for an... More...
Update on John’s River Fire in Grays Harbor County
The fire is 77 percent contained   The Johns River Fire in Grays Harbor County was discovered on June 25 burning commercial timberland owned by Grays Harbor County, which is under DNR fire protection.   On June 25 and 26, fire crews battled temperatures in... More...
DNR Prepositions Aircraft in NW Region
Officials still concerned about summer wildfires despite delayed start to warmer weather     In spite of the wet spring that’s delaying severe wildfires across the state, the heart of Washington’s fire season is just around the corner. To stay prepared,... More...
Hantwick Land Exchange Proposal Hearing Scheduled for June 28
Exchange would facilitate future transfer of lands to Clark County for public park; meeting will allow for remote participation   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is planning a public presentation and hearing June 28 in Battle Ground to discuss a... More...

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