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Proposal to Change Offensive Name of Whatcom County Creek Among 5 Approved by Committee on Geographic Names
Naming of creek and mountains in Clallam County, creeks in Chelan County also forwarded to Board of Natural Resources; four other proposals pass first review   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved five proposals, including one to rename a... More...
DNR Fire Engines Get Second Wind
DNR Transfers Engine to Lewis County Fire District 4   As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ongoing efforts to strengthen rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz will present a surplus... More...
Statement by Commissioner Franz on Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today issued the following statement in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day:   "Today, we join with our tribal citizens to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. In commemoration of this sacred day, let us honor the tribes that... More...
DNR Releases New Maps to Help Residents Walk to Tsunami Safety
Pedestrian evacuation maps lay out routes and walk times to reach safety in coastal communities   The nearest high ground is one of the most important pieces of information for safely evacuating from an incoming tsunami.   New maps published today by the... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement Regarding the Death of Firefighter Christian Johnson
Johnson died from injuries sustained last month in the Spring Coulee Fire   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz this morning issued the following statement regarding the death of Assistant Chief Christian Johnson, an Okanogan Fire District 3 firefighter injured... More...
New Names Approved for Hiking Destination, Historical Inaccuracy, Unnamed Creek
Board of Natural Resources passes proposals for geographic features in Chelan, Grays Harbor, Kitsap counties   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources, acting as the state Board on Geographic Names, approved new names for two places along a well-known hiking... More...
Blanchard Core Preserved Forever After Board of Natural Resources Approves Land Transactions
Inter-trust exchange, trust land transfer convert final parcels of core area into natural area while realigning forestlands to benefit Skagit County   The conservation plan for the Blanchard Core is now complete.   The Board of Natural Resources approved a... More...
Commissioner Franz Names New State Geologist
Casey Hanell to replace retiring Dave Norman   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today announced her appointment of Casey Hanell as Washington State Geologist. Hanell – selected after a national search – fills the post vacated by the retirement of Dave Norman... More...
‘It’s Time to Move Forward’: Marbled Murrelet Conservation Impact Report Released
Proposed conservation strategy would replace 1997 interim plan, providing support for threatened seabird, rural communities   The final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the long-term conservation of the marbled murrelet on state trust lands was released Friday... More...
Burning Restrictions Drop in Portions of Eastern Washington
Lower Temperatures and Rain Ease Fire Danger The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that burning restrictions have been lowered in many portions of eastern Washington on DNR-protected lands. This became effective Sept. 18, 2019 at 12:01 a.m... More...
Communications Pros Added to DNR’s Eastern Washington Offices
ALISON MORROW, RYAN RODRUCK TO LEAD DNR COMMUNICATIONS EFFORTS, OUTREACH IN EASTERN WASHINGTON   Former television environmental reporter Alison Morrow and former congressional staffer Ryan Rodruck joined the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) communications team... More...
Globally Significant Bog Preserved in Board of Natural Resources Transaction
Crowberry Bog in Jefferson County is a unique landform to the western U.S.; Land transfer to City of College Place also approved   A globally significant coastal bog in Jefferson County will be permanently preserved after a Board of Natural Resources transaction... More...
New Videos Show Tsunami Impacts in Washington
Tsunami simulations show waves along coast, Bellingham and San Juan Islands   New videos allow Washington residents to see simulated models of how large tsunami waves are likely to impact their communities.   Scientists with the Washington State Department... More...
Washington Wildfire Crews Lend Hand to Alaska
Milder summer allows Washington firefighters to assist neighbor in need   This week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) dispatched 69 more wildland firefighters to Alaska to help fight the raging, record-breaking wildfires there.   “... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement Hailing Court Ruling in Coal Terminal Suit
Appellate panel ruling says DNR acted appropriately to protect state’s aquatic lands   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz this morning issued the following statement after the Washington Court of Appeals decision to uphold her agency’s denial of a sublease for... More...
Initial Site Survey Work on Port Angeles Dock, Shoreline to Begin Late August
Residents, later this month, will see some field survey work taking place at the dock and shoreline area leased by Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) in Port Angeles. The work is a collaboration between the state Department of Ecology (Ecology), the state Department of Natural... More...
Fire Danger, Precaution Level Increase in Eastern Washington
Campfire restrictions expanded in northeast Washington   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following increases in fire danger and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective... More...
Fire Danger, Precaution Levels Increase in Southeast Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following increases in fire danger and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at 12:01 a.m.: Fire danger will increase from... More...
Commissioner Franz to Visit ‘Left Hand Fire’ Near Yakima (July 30)
MEDIA ADVISORY: Commissioner of public lands to be in Yakima for wildfire briefing and to meet with firefighters   The “Left Hand Fire” northwest of Yakima has burned more than 2,000 acres since it started on July 23, prompting Level 3 and Level 2 evacuations in... More...
Fire Danger, Precaution Levels Increase in Southeast Washington
Use caution when working or recreating in the woods   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the following increases in fire danger and industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands:   Effective Friday,... More...

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