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Fire Precaution Level Rises in Northeast Washington
Caution needed with spark emitting equipment in the woods   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Monday, July 15,... More...
Army Divers to Remove Derelict Fishing Nets from Puget Sound Depths
Department of Natural Resources, Army partnership will improve habitat in deep waters of San Juan County July 8-28   A new collaboration between the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Natural Resources Consultants and the U.S. Army's 569th Engineer Dive... More...
Work Needed to Make Washington Schools Quake-Ready
New DNR report shows seismic vulnerability of schools and how much it may cost to upgrade them   Washington needs to strengthen its school buildings to withstand the next earthquake, according to a new report sent to the governor and legislature by Commissioner of... More...
Trio of Land Transactions, Including $1.65 Million Purchase, Approved
630-acre purchase in Skagit County, land swaps in Kitsap, Clallam and Grays Harbor counties passed by Board of Natural Resources   The Board of Natural Resources approved a $1.65 million land purchase and two land exchanges at its meeting Tuesday, with all three... More...
Butte Creek Day-Use Area Reopens in Pacific County
Butte Creek Day-Use Area reopens today with significant improvements to roads, amenities, and its trail. Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners are officially reopening the Pacific County site.    The Butte Creek Day-Use Area closed to... More...
Fire Precaution Level Increases in Southeast Washington
People should use caution with spark emitting equipment, fireworks in the woods   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.  ... More...
Campfire Restrictions, Increased Fire Danger in Parts of Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, will implement the following changes in burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for additional restrictions.   Effective 12:01 a.m.,... More...
Target Shooting Near Suncrest Site Closed Due to Fire Danger
The temporary closure is effective on June 17, 2019.   Due to high fire danger, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), working with Stevens County, is temporarily closing a portion of state land to shooting, effective June 17.   Closure... More...
Expanded Burn Restrictions, Increased Fire Danger in Parts of Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, will implement the following changes in burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for additional restrictions.   Effective 12:01 a.m.,... More...
Fire Officials Warn of Hot, Dry Weather
Wildfire risk rises as landscapes begin to dry out  With hot and dry weather coming this week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to help prevent wildfires.   “Our firefighters are concerned that we may see more... More...
Burn Restrictions in Parts of Eastern Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, is implementing the following changes in burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local jurisdictions for additional restrictions.   Effective 12:01 a.m.... More...
Franz, DNR Staff Update ‘243 Fire’ Stats
Facebook Live video gives status of 18,774-acre grasslands fire in Grant County   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Todd Welker, Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Southeast Region manager, in a Facebook Live video today offered an update on the “... More...
Four Naming Proposals Approved by Committee on Geographic Names
A naming error correction in Grays Harbor, a popular Chelan County hiking spot and a tribute to a longtime Kitsap County public employee passed by committee   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved four proposals, including one to rename a popular... More...
Don’t Forget Fire Safety This Holiday Weekend
Wildfire risk increases as fuels begin to dry out   With Washington’s forests drying out quickly, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is asking residents to use caution to prevent wildland fires over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer... More...
Franz Applauds Governor Inslee’s Action to Expedite Culvert Repair
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the Department of Natural Resources which manages and regulates 9 million acres of forestland and 2.6 million acres of aquatic lands – issued the following statement in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement of increased... More...
Pipeline Project Delivers Water to Dry Parcels, New Money for Schools
Benton County project protects $41 million in irrigation rights, will generate $625,000 annually for K-12 school construction, Washington State University   A newly completed 8-mile pipeline from the Columbia River in Southeast Washington will allow the Washington... More...
Second Annual Lake Kapowsin Day to Celebrate Unique Lake
For the second year, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Friends of Lake Kapowsin will host Lake Kapowsin Day to celebrate one of Washington’s most unique bodies of water.   The day will feature boats on display and on the water, fishing... More...
Fire Danger Increases in SW Washington
Public asked to be cautious when outdoors   With temperatures expected to be above normal this weekend, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced an increase in fire danger rating on DNR-protected lands in southwest Washington.... More...
Fire Danger Increases in Eastern Washington
Due to warm, dry weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating in Eastern Washington.   Effective Friday, May 10, 2019, fire danger will increase from low to moderate in Chelan,... More...
State, Federal Agencies Align for Historic Partnership to Reduce Wildfire Risk and Improve Forests, Water and Habitat
"Shared stewardship" agreement serves as model for other states   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind, USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, and Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa... More...

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