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Temporary Burn Restrictions in Parts of Eastern Washington
Restrictions are prompted by uptick in wildfires caused by escaped debris burns amid warming temperatures and increased fire danger   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partner agencies, is implementing the following burn... More...
Commissioner Hilary Franz’s Signature Wildfire Funding Legislation Passes Senate
Bill would make transformative investments in wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s top legislative priority, House Bill 1168, to better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires in... More...
DNR Urges Public to Check Burn Piles and Put Campfires Completely Out
Warmer weather expected statewide next week will increase wildfire danger   Ahead of warmer weather forecasted for next week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is warning residents to make sure their campfires and burn piles are fully... More...
Commissioner Franz Introduces ‘Wildfire Ready Neighbors’ to Help Protect Homes, Properties Through Community Action
Initiative connects residents with experts and resources in order to better prepare communities for wildfire season   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz was in Wenatchee today to announce a new, collaborative effort between the Washington State Department of... More...
Commissioner Franz Applauds Senate, House Budget Proposals
Biennial budgets include $125 million to boost wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and our state’s wildfire fighting force,... More...
Commissioner Franz Talks Partnerships, Calls for Funding at Supertanker Event
DNR’s top official visited Moses Lake to observe a demonstration of the state-of-the-art firefighting aircraft newly stationed there   On Tuesday, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz met with officials from AeroTEC, Global Supertanker and the Washington State... More...
Commissioner Franz's Wildfire Response, Forest Health Funding Legislation Passes House Unanimously
Bill would make transformative investments in wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s top legislative priority, House Bill 1168, to better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires in... More...
WSU Extension, DNR Delivering Free Winter School Classes Online For First Time
The weekend workshop gives landowners large and small a chance to learn about forestry, forest health, wildfire risks, and more   Want to learn about forest health from your family room? Creating habitat for critters while on your couch? Planting trees in your pajamas... More...
Glenda Breiler Joins DNR as Director of Tribal Relations
Breiler, a Colville Tribal member of the Okanogan Band, has extensive experience working collaboratively with Tribes and government agencies   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has hired Glenda Breiler to serve as the agency’s director of... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement on Federal Relief Approval for Communities Devastated by Wildfire
On Thursday, February 4, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and our state’s wildfire fighting force, released the following statement on the Biden administration’s approval of federal disaster relief... More...
DNR Officer Helps Save Hypothermic Man Lost in Snowy Olympic Mountains
The officer used an ATV with snow tracks to reach the man stranded in the Olympic National Forest near the Mount Ellinor trailhead     A Washington State Department of Natural Resources police officer assisting the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the USDA... More...
Commissioner Hilary Franz Unveils Sweeping Wildfire and Forest Health Funding Proposal
Bill would make transformative investments in wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) joined experts and advocacy leaders from across the state... More...
Land Transfer for Darrington Wood Innovation Center Approved by Board of Natural Resources
The parcel will become part of a new facility in rural Snohomish County supporting the creation of new wood products   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will transfer 3.74 acres of land to the Town of Darrington for its future Wood Innovation Center... More...
DNR to Begin Transition of Orchard on State Lands in Richland
Changes in Lease Activity to Increase Funding for Schools, City Revenue   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin to transition a leased orchard on state trust lands within the Richland city limits into future lots for development... More...
Commissioner Franz Delivers Fire Engine to Malden, Replacing Engine Lost in Labor Day Fire that Burned Town
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz drove into Malden to deliver the town a fire engine Thursday, replacing the engine lost when the town was devastated by a Labor Day wildfire.   Residents have begun rebuilding in the three months since the Babb Road Fire... More...
DNR to Transfer 1,360 Acres to WDFW in Douglas County to Expand Wildlife Area
The Board of Natural Resources approved the grant-funded transaction during its meeting Tuesday     The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will transfer 1,360 acres of Douglas County rangeland to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife... More...
Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCA Complete After Final Land Transaction
The popular King County recreation destination is home to Mailbox Peak and forest stands that are up to 500 years old The final parcel of trust land within the boundary of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area has been moved into permanent... More...
DNR to Hire 550 Seasonal Firefighters
The application process has opened for summer employment   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun recruiting for 550 temporary firefighters to serve with the state’s largest wildland firefighting department for next year’s fire season.... More...
DNR Releases Forest Action Plan, Setting the Course for Washington’s Forests
2020 Update of the Forest Action Plan also connects dots between other state, local and federal stewardship, wildfire strategies   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its 2020 Forest Action Plan on Monday, Oct. 26, outlining more than... More...
DNR to Lift Temporary Shooting Ban Today
The temporary statewide ban on the lawful discharge of firearms was lifted Thursday on all DNR-managed lands   Due to recent rainfall and decreasing risk of large wildfires, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting its temporary ban on... More...

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