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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...
DNR Fire Engines Get a Second Life Protecting Rural Communities
DNR Transfers 10 Engines to Washington Firefighting Agencies   As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ongoing efforts to strengthen rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas, the agency has announced the 10 districts and communities... More...
Campfires Banned on DNR-Protected Lands Across Eastern Washington
Hot and dry weather continues As of Friday, August 17, campfires are banned on all lands protected from wildfire by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades.   This ban joins many other jurisdictions that have also prohibited campfires.... More...
DNR Prepares To Engage Wildfire On Ketron Island Caused By Plane Crash
The Department of Natural Resources – the state’s largest wildfire fighting force – has jurisdiction for wildfire protection on Ketron Island.   When the Horizon Air Q400 plane crashed on Ketron Island last night, it resulted in a small wildfire, which is currently... More...
Fire Danger Ratings, Precaution Levels Increase in Northeast Washington
Effective Monday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will make the following fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution level changes (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Monday, Aug. 13, 2018: Fire danger will increase to... More...
Bark Beetles Attacking Drought-Stressed Douglas Fir Trees Across Washington
DNR Forest Health Experts Offer Advice   Washington residents have reported uncharacteristically high numbers of dead and dying Douglas fir trees to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this spring and summer. The culprits: drought and bark... More...
Fire Danger Ratings, Precaution Levels Increase in Northeast Washington
Effective Monday, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will make the following fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution level changes (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands.   Effective Monday, Aug. 6, 2018: Fire danger will increase to a... More...
DNR Temporarily Bans Target Shooting on State-Managed Lands Statewide
Fire Danger High Across Washington   In order to help prevent wildfires, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is temporary banning all target shooting on 3 million acres of DNR-managed lands. This includes state forests, community forests, and forested state... More...

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