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DNR Releases Inspections of Rich Passage & Hope Island Net Pen Facilities
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Friday released its findings after inspecting Cooke Aquaculture’s net pen facilities at Rich Passage and Hope Island.   The inspections were conducted by engineering firm Mott MacDonald under contract... More...
Public invited to share input on Baker to Bellingham recreation planning
Community meetings scheduled in Maple Falls on Feb. 20 and Bellingham on Feb. 21  The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites Whatcom County residents to weigh in with their vision for recreation in select areas across 86,000-acres of state-... More...
Commissioner Franz Calls On Trump Administration To Withdraw Its Offshore Drilling Proposal
Letter to Secretary Zinke highlights that oil and gas infrastructure will need DNR approval to cross state lands Olympia   Today, Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, sent a letter to the Secretary of the Interior stating her opposition to oil and gas... More...
Cypress Island net pen lease terminated
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz terminated Cooke Aquaculture’s lease for its collapsed Cypress Island Atlantic salmon net pens Saturday. Cooke Aquaculture raises Atlantic salmon at the site and leases the aquatic lands from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR... More...
Negligence caused August net pen collapse
State investigators have determined that an excessive buildup of mussels and other marine organisms on nets was primary cause of August net pen collapse.    An investigative report – authored by the departments of Natural Resources (DNR), Ecology, and Fish and... More...
Franz Urges Action on Landslide Safety
Public safety package provides tools to better understand, minimize landslide hazards   Landslides and logging applications are increasing on Washington’s steep slopes. Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz called on the legislature to take three actions... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement on Governor’s Carbon Proposal
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement Tuesday in regards to the release of the Governor’s carbon policy:    “As I made clear last week, Washington State needs to adopt a smart and effective carbon reduction strategy. ... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement in Response to Cooke Aquaculture Suit
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement Friday in regards to the lawsuit filed by Cooke Aquaculture:    “The basis for terminating Cooke Aquaculture’s lease at its Port Angeles facility was made clear to the company and the public... More...
A Carbon Policy that Works for Washington
Commissioner Franz outlines "Smart Carbon Policy" that invests in landscapes, communities Today, in a letter sent to state leaders, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz highlighted the threat climate change poses to our state lands and waters and called for our state... More...
Lands Commissioner Urges Secretary Zinke to Abandon Park Fee Increase
In a letter sent this morning, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz objected to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposal to drastically increase entrance fees at national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks, which draw more than 5 million... More...
Commissioner of Public Lands Urges Federal Support for Local Schools
Hilary Franz, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, is urging Congress to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools program before adjourning for the holidays.   The Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program provides vital assistance to school districts and rural... More...
Department of Natural Resources Terminates Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Lease
Today, Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, announced the termination of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s Port Angeles net pen lease. Cooke Aquaculture Pacific (Cooke) raises Atlantic salmon at this site.   The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) discovered this... More...
Board of Natural Resources Authorizes New Park Land for San Juan County; Board also approves removing offensive name from creek in Okanogan County
At its monthly meeting today the state Board of Natural Resources gave the go-ahead to sell 103 acres of state land to San Juan County. The county plans to add the parcel, located on the north end of Lopez Island, to its current Odlin County Park.   The county has... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement on President Trump’s Decision to cut Federal Public Lands
After President Donald Trump announced his intention to cut more than two million acres from the Bear Ears and Grand-Staircase-Escalante national monuments, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz released the following statement.   “President Trump’s decision to... More...
Public safety drives DNR funding needs
Funding for healthier forests, safer timber harvests, and mapping of earthquake and tsunami hazards top the list of Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s supplemental budget requests for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).   “Public... More...
Board of Natural Resources Selects Course for Long-Term Species Conservation and Rural Economic Stability
Crucial step for supporting threatened species and rural economies 20 years in the making   Yesterday the Board of Natural Resources (BNR) selected a path forward to protect the marbled murrelet and comply with the Endangered Species Act. Today’s approach is... More...
Commissioner Franz unveils Forest Health Plan and advisory committee to fortify Washington forests
Today Public Lands Commissioner Hilary S. Franz stood where plumes of Jolly Mountain Fire smoke reared overhead just months ago to announce a new plan to treat Washington’s ailing forests and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.   The Commissioner made her... More...
Community Feedback Wanted on Draft Klickitat Canyon Community Forest Management Plan
Advisory Committee and DNR Staff Host Open House 6 p.m., Oct. 26 For the past seven months, a ten-person advisory committee has been meeting with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff to draft a forest management plan. The plan will provide ongoing... More...
DNR Issues Default Notice to Cooke Aquaculture for Rich Passage Net Pens
Company has 60 days to fix flaws found in net pens Flaws found in the structure of Cooke Aquaculture's Atlantic salmon net pens in Rich Passage have prompted the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to issue a letter of default today, Monday Oct. 9.... More...
DNR Burn Ban Lifted Oct. 1 in Northwest Washington
Always check local restrictions before lighting any fire The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the burn ban under DNR-protection will be lifted starting Oct. 1, 2017 for San Juan, Island, Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties.... More...

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