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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...
Wildfire Awareness Month Kicks Off in Washington
May is time to prepare for wildfire   Every year, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) highlights the importance of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring the month of May as “Wildfire Awareness Month.”   The goal of the... More...
Franz Applauds Senate Action to Fund Wildfire Prevention, Preparedness
Commissioner Franz encouraged by today’s legislative action on wildfire preparedness, forest health funding measure   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the state Department of Natural Resources – the state’s wildfire fighting force – issued the... More...
Prescribed Fire Training Gives Firefighters Skills to Improve Forest Health, Increase Community Protection
Interagency News Release   Wildland fire professionals from across the Pacific Northwest will be in Central Washington April 28 to May 10 to learn how to use an important tool for reducing wildfire risk on our landscapes: prescribed burning.   ... More...
Franz to Senate: Protect the Firefighters who Protect Us
Commissioner Franz urges lawmakers to pass the first substantial increase in wildfire preparedness this century   Washington state needs to improve its support for the firefighters who protect the state from wildfires, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz told... More...
Commissioner Franz, Senate Democrats Release Historic Wildfire and Forest Health Funding Bill
New dedicated funding source for wildfire suppression and forest health   Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Senate Democrats presented legislation to reduce Washington’s wildfire risk and create healthier forests.   This groundbreaking... More...
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...

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