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DNR Offers Wildland Fire Safety Training to Contractors
Call When Needed Contractors encouraged to attend   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering fire safety training for people interested in providing wildland fire suppression resources.   Contractors only need to attend one of... More...
Franz Announces WA's First Solar Farm Lease on State Trust Lands
Solar development in Klickitat County will increase revenue for public school construction by 15,000%   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today announced the first lease of state trust lands for solar power. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources... More...
DNR Responds to First Wildfires of 2019
Public urged to check burn piles and put campfires completely out   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has recently experienced several fires from escaped debris burn piles and campfires.   “We ask the public to please be careful... More...
Partnership to Protect 400 Acres Along Shores of Hood Canal
Partnership will permanently protect Boy Scout camp, working forests, habitat, and military readiness   A public-private partnership today announced the protection of Camp Hahobas on the shores of Hood Canal near Belfair, Washington. Working in collaboration, The... More...
Early Black Settlers of Olympia, Jamestown S’Klallam Heritage Honored By Board of Natural Resources
Howard Point in Thurston County, Littleneck Beach in Blyn bear new names befitting their histories after board approval Tuesday   The state Board of Natural Resources, acting as the Washington State Committee on Geographic Names, approved place names for a point in... More...
With Land Exchange Approved, DNR to Auction 2 Clallam County Properties
The Board of Natural Resources approved the transaction Tuesday, bringing land in Skagit County into the Common School Trust   The state Board of Natural Resources approved a land exchange Tuesday morning, preparing two Clallam County parcels for auction while adding... More...
DNR Publishes Inventory of King County Landslides
State geologists cataloged 2,838 landslides in the western two-thirds of the county using new lidar mapping   The Washington Geological Survey, a division of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, published a new inventory of known landslides in the... More...
Nine Organizations Across Washington Receive New Forest Restoration Grants Totaling $1.8 Million
Their forest health projects will help reduce wildfire risk   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded nine organizations across Washington with a combined $1.8 million in new grant funding to help make forests in their communities... More...
Wildland Fire Risk Rising; Lands Commissioner Franz Reveals Wildfire Strategic Plan That Calls for Change
Washington state has a wildfire crisis. In 2018, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources – the state’s largest wildfire fighting force – responded to more than 1,850 wildfires, a record high. Across Washington, 440,000 acres burned.   The costs to fight... More...
New App Enlists Smart Phone Users in Keeping Puget Sound Clean
Your smart phone can now help clean up Puget Sound.   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the launch of MyCoast Washington – a mobile app that allows the public to help identify and remove marine debris.   The app... More...
Washington, California and British Columbia Join Forces on Forest Health and Climate Change
Partnership Aims to Increase Carbon Sequestration and Strengthen Forest Management     Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and British Columbia Minister of Forests Doug... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Approves Proposals to Honor Early Black Settlers of Olympia, Jamestown S’Klallam Heritage
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved place names for a point in Olympia and a beach in Blyn in Clallam County, and approved other place names for final consideration during their meeting Friday morning at the Natural Resources Building.   Here... More...
Board of Natural Resources Approves Naming of Island Near Shelton
The state Board of Natural Resources, acting as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names, approved a proposal during its monthly meeting today to name an island in a Mason County lake for the man whose actions preserved the island from eroding away.   The... More...
DNR to Hire 550 Seasonal Firefighters
Application process opens for summer employment   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun recruiting for 550 temporary firefighters to serve during the 2019 wildfire season with the state’s largest wildland firefighting department. In... More...
Commissioner Franz Lays Out $90 Million Request for Environment, Salmon Habitat
Budget request funds efforts to support orca, salmon recovery Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced a nearly $90 million package of aquatic habitat protections and improvements to be carried out by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (... More...
DNR to Send 106 Firefighters, 20 Engines to Help Fight California Wildfires
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today mobilized 106 firefighters and 20 engines from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help contain the fatal wildfires burning in California.   “It's horrifying, heartbreaking & the reality of what... More...
Blanchard State Forest Purchase Secures Scenic Vistas, School Funding
Board of Natural Resources approves land acquisition designed to preserve popular forest while continuing to support public services   The state Board of Natural Resources approved a proposal by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during its... More...
DNR and Partners Protect Rattlesnake Mountain
A 25-year shared vision of conservation connects public lands for trail connections and wildlife corridors along I-90   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently acquired 24 acres of land in the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area. Rattlesnake... More...
Northport School District’s New Wood Pellet Boiler Part of Pilot Project Supporting Bioenergy, Rural Economies
Project near completion on National Bioenergy Day   A carbon-neutral wood pellet boiler will soon provide heat for students and staff at a school in Northport, thanks to a bioenergy pilot project supported by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (... More...
Final Chance to Comment on How you Want to Play in Teanaway
Oct. 24 kick-off meeting for the supplemental Teanaway Community Forest Recreation Plan comment period   After extensive community engagement, planning, and development, the Teanaway Community Forest Recreation Plan is nearing adoption.   Community... More...

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