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‘Cascading Impacts of Wildfire’ Bill Introduced to Address Smoke and Wildfire Risk Statewide
Bipartisan legislation will expand DNR’s popular Wildfire Ready Neighbors program to Western Washington, boost community resilience initiatives, and implement state-of-the-art smoke mitigation measures.   As climate change fuels larger and more frequent wildfires... More...
Committee Approves Naming Proposals Honoring Black, Indigenous History
Proposals in Garfield, Okanogan, Mason counties will be presented to the Board of Natural Resources for adoption   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved two proposals to rename features in Mason County for early Black settlers of the Kitsap... More...
Free Fuel Reduction Workshops for Contractors Scheduled in Eastern WA
More than $4,000,000 available for Eastern Washington forest landowners to promote forest health, reduce impacts of wildfire   The Northeast Region of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering two free workshops for contractors interested... More...
State Formally Adopts 9 Tribal Proposals to Replace Derogatory Place Names
Proposals are first to reach Board of Natural Resources after federal order; Board also approves San Juan County spelling correction   Nine tribal proposals to rename features across Washington state that once bore a derogatory term for Native American women are now... More...
State Transfers Hantwick Parcel to Clark County After Board of Natural Resources Approves Transactions
80-acre parcel along Moulton Falls Trail south of Yacolt will be managed for park purposes after inter-trust exchange, reconveyance   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved two transactions to transfer an 80-acre parcel along the Moulton Falls Trail... More...
DNR Reopens Improved Samish Overlook
Upgrades to the popular Blanchard State Forest recreation site include rerouted road, increased parking   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has reopened the Samish Overlook in Blanchard State Forest after a weeks-long closure for forest management... More...
Board of Natural Resources Approves Auction of Benton County Parcel
West Richland property no longer suitable for management; proceeds from sale will be used to purchase replacement parcels elsewhere in state   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved the auction of a Benton County parcel during its meeting Tuesday... More...
DNR Buys Cowlitz County Fire Station, Improving Wildland Firefighting Capacity
Addition of Longview-area facility will support quicker response times and increased staffing, improving public safety   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is purchasing a former Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue fire station outside Longview to better... More...
DNR Releases Interactive Map for Clean Energy Development on State Lands
Tool designed to prioritize solar and wind power sites without active leases or concerns about wildlife habitat or cultural resources   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is launching a first-of-its-kind interactive map to responsibly site clean... More...
Commissioner Franz Ends Net Pen Aquaculture in Washington’s Waters
Washington’s public aquatic lands will no longer be home to commercial finfish net pen aquaculture. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced today on Bainbridge Island an executive order that would prohibit commercial finfish net pen aquaculture on state-owned aquatic... More...
Commissioner Franz Cancels Leases for Remaining Net Pen Salmon Farms in Puget Sound
Announcement regarding future of finfish net pen aquaculture in Washington slated for Friday   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has ended the remaining two finfish net pen aquaculture leases on Washington’s state-owned aquatic lands.... More...
DNR Hiring Nearly 60 Permanent Wildfire and Forest Health Jobs
Year-round positions are result of increased investments in firefighting   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is actively recruiting for year-round fire positions to expand wildfire response capacity throughout the state. DNR is hiring for a... More...
DNR Seeks Community Input on Recreation in Yakima County
Agency Will Host Public, Yakima User Groups to Collaborate on Future of Public Lands and Recreation   The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an open discussion on November 15, 2022 to solicit public feedback on how recreation and use is managed on DNR-... More...
DNR, Finland Strategize Forestry Practices to Fight Climate Change, Support Communities
Commissioner Franz hosted Finnish leaders for a statewide tour to collaborate on sustainable forest management   Last week, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), hosted the Ambassador of... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Approves Tribal Proposals for Renaming Derogatory Place Names
Nine name proposals from tribes, county spelling correction were approved and sent to Board of Natural Resources.   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved nine proposals to rename features bearing a derogatory term that refers to Indigenous women... More...
DNR Seeks Input on Proposed Carbon Project Parcels
Public comment to inform Western Washington state trust lands to be entered into carbon markets to sequester carbon and generate revenue for state trust land beneficiaries   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is soliciting public input... More...
Updated maps reveal reduced walk time on Tokeland Peninsula after addition of vertical evacuation structure
New Maps Detail Routes to Tsunami Safety for Coast   As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) efforts to provide tsunami safety information to communities along Washington’s coast, geologists have modeled and published new maps showing the... More...
Commissioner Franz Expands ‘Wildfire Ready Neighbors’ Across Central Washington to Protect Homes, Properties from Wildfires
Initiative connects residents with experts, resources, and tools to take action to prepare for wildfire   Following a late wildfire season that saw the lowest number of acres burned in a decade, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, along with residents,... More...
Commissioner Franz Highlights the Fewest Acres Burned in a Decade this Wildfire Season
As fire season nears an end, Commissioner Franz and fire personnel provide update at DNR Fire Cache     On Friday, Oct. 7, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), hosted an end-of-season... More...
Board Approves Naming Whatcom County Peak for First Mountaineer to Reach Its Summit
The name of a lake in Okanogan County was also approved, honoring the pioneer who homesteaded the property surrounding it   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources approved the naming of a Whatcom County peak for first man on record to have summited it during... More...

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