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New Maps Show Cascadia Tsunami Impacts for Anacortes, Bellingham
Study shows waves that will arrive 1.5 hours after Cascadia quake   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published today new maps showing the likely impacts to communities on the north Salish Sea mainland from a tsunami generated by a magnitude 9... More...
Public Lands Commissioner Visiting Communities for Wildfire and Forest Health Town Halls
Yakima, Chelan and Spokane events June 26, 27 and 28   Fire season has begun, and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is hosting three Town Hall outreach events to make sure communities are prepared and engaged. The events are scheduled in Yakima (June 26),... More...
Commissioner Franz Urges Wildfire Caution Ahead of Heat Wave
With temperatures expected to be well above normal next week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging everyone to be cautious and vigilant when playing or working outdoors.   DNR fire weather experts are predicting a high pressure system... More...
Fire Danger Increases in Parts of Eastern Washington
Burn restrictions to be implemented   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, is implementing the following changes in the fire danger rating and burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands. Check with local... More...
Commissioner Franz Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Salmon Decision
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Washington v. United States, which upheld the ruling that culverts that impede fish in Washington State must be replaced:   “Today’s... More...
Public Invited to Share Input on Hiking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding in Reiter Foothills Forest
Community meeting scheduled in Snohomish on June 20 to kick off stakeholder committee-driven planning process   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites community members and Reiter Foothills Forest visitors to share their vision for foot,... More...
Public Hearing for Proposed State Trust Land Exchange in Skagit County
Effort aims to shift Blanchard State Forest land into permanent conservation status The public is invited to a presentation and public hearing on June 14 in Mount Vernon about a proposed exchange of state trust lands in Skagit County. The Washington State Department of... More...
Commissioner Franz Responds to Attempt to Undercut Murrelet Plan
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement in response to an appropriations amendment from Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler that would disrupt development of the Department of Natural Resources’ Long-term Conservation Strategy for the... More...
Public Invited to Offer Testimony June 14 on Proposed Steptoe Butte Natural Area
Testimony and written comments will be shared with Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on a boundary for the proposed Steptoe Butte Natural Area.   The proposed... More...
Northeast WA Radio Communications get $280,000 Boost for Wildland Firefighting
DNR Announces Grant Recipients in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties Today, the Department of Natural Resources announced 14 fire response agencies that will receive grant funding for equipment to improve firefighting safety and effectiveness. ... More...
Franz Names Geissler as State Forester and Supervisor of Wildfire Operations
Experienced wildfire manager to oversee state’s largest on-call fire agency, community preparedness, and community forestry outreach   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced today her appointment of George Geissler as Washington State Forester and... More...
Washington Supreme Court Sides with State’s Department of Natural Resources
Today, in its Pope Resources decision, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and held that the polluting company alone, not the state, is liable for millions of dollars of environmental cleanup costs under the state’s... More...
Commissioner Franz Dispatches Work Crews to Help Okanogan County Deal with Flooding
This morning, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) assumed command of flood response in Okanogan County and more than 100 DNR firefighters arrived to assist with flood control. “When any Washingtonian is threatened, we must all heed the call,” said Hilary Franz,... More...
State Officials Invite Public to Join them for Community Conversation on Forest Health, Wildfire
Join Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Senator Brad Hawkins, and WA Dept. of Natural Resources staff in Winthrop for May 21 community meeting   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites the public to join them at an upcoming... More...
State Land Transfer Adds 400 Acres to County Park Land on Lopez Island
About 400 acres of forested state trust land on Lopez Island will be transferred to San Juan County to manage for wildlife habitat and non-motorized recreation following yesterday’s action by the Board of Natural Resources. The forested parcel known as Lopez Hill contains an... More...
Seventeen Miles of Mountain Bike Trail Opening Near North Bend
Join WA Dept. of Natural Resources, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and state leaders for trail system opening celebration on May 19    Thanks to a team of state trail builders and partners at Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the Washington State Department... More...
Transfer of Stemilt Basin Property from DNR to Fish and Wildlife Protects Habitat and Recreation in Chelan County
The sale of 1,275 acres in Chelan County’s Stemilt Basin by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) completes a project that began in 2007 and has involved multiple community partners to protect habitat and... More...
Commissioner Franz statement in response to Cooke Aquaculture court ruling
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement after a Superior Court judge denied Cooke Aquaculture’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction:   “Today’s decision is a win for the people and waters of Washington. When I terminated Cooke’s lease... More...
Washington voices heard in National Park fee decision, says Franz
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement today in response to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision to abandon a proposal that would have tripled fees to access national parks like Washington’s Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks:... More...
State seeks input on recreation options in the Teanaway Community Forest
Community meeting scheduled in Cle Elum on April 12   A community meeting is scheduled Thursday, April 12 in Cle Elum for the public to review and comment on recreation options being considered for the Teanaway Community Forest.   The Washington... More...