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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...
Public Invited to Provide Input on Future Hiking, Mountain Biking and Equestrian Trails in Reiter Foothills Forest
Second community meeting for non-motorized recreation Oct. 22   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites community members and Reiter Foothills Forest visitors to share their vision for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding within... More...
Commissioner Franz Seeks $55 Million To Protect Communities From Wildfire
Historic budget request addresses immediate need for helicopters, full-time firefighters, better training, and healthier forests   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today unveiled a request to double the state’s wildfire fighting budget. The $55 million... More...
Prescribed fire training tackles long-term forest health; community protection needs
Beginning September 17, firefighters from seven agencies across the state will once again be managing fire- unlike this summer, these are intentionally set fires designed to protect communities and restore forests. Their goals is to learn and train in the use of prescribed... More...
Commissioner Franz, Secretary Laird Unite To Take Forest Health And Climate Change Work Beyond State Borders
Washington, California to Collaborate on Advances in Forest Resilience and Carbon Sequestration    Wednesday, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird announced plans to collaborate on... More...
Commissioner Franz Lifts Target Shooting Ban on State-Managed Lands
Wildfire risks continue in some parts of Washington   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is lifting the ban on target shooting on state-managed lands on Saturday, September 15, two weeks earlier than anticipated.   “Thank you to our target shooters... More...
Land Purchases will Protect Public Access to Blanchard State
Natural Resources Board actions will help keep funds flowing to Burlington-Edison School District and other public beneficiaries   The state Board of Natural Resources yesterday gave its go-ahead for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to... More...
DNR Announces First Good Neighbor Timber Sale
Harvest aimed at speeding up pace of restoring health of Washington’s forests   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded its first Good Neighbor Authority restoration timber harvest sale. Colville-based Vaagen Brothers Lumber, Inc.... More...
DNR Partners With Navy To Protect Hood Canal
Easement on public aquatic lands safeguards Navy operations and protects Hood Canal’s coastline from development   Today, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Navy entered into an agreement that creates a “restrictive easement” along 32 miles of Hood... More...

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