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Committee on Geographic Names Asks Department of Interior for Thoughtful Process to Replace Derogatory Placenames
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names sent a letter this week to the U.S. Department of the Interior supporting its plan to rename 18 geographic features in the state that currently have derogatory names referring to Indigenous women. The Committee also raised... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Asks Department of Interior for Thoughtful Process to Replace Derogatory Placenames
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names sent a letter this week to the U.S. Department of the Interior supporting its plan to rename 18 geographic features in the state that currently have derogatory names referring to Indigenous women. The Committee also raised... More...
DNR Launches First-in-the-Nation Carbon Project, Protecting Forests and Creating Over a Million Carbon Offset Credits
Project will preserve 10,000 acres of Western Washington’s most ecologically valuable forests; generate millions of dollars in revenue for schools and counties throughout the state   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday morning announced... More...
Annual DNR Forest Health Report Highlights Impact of Record Heat on Trees in Western Washington
Damage caused by extreme temperatures, increased detection of sooty bark disease of maple among key findings of DNR, USFS scientists   The Department of Natural Resources Forest Resilience Division released its annual Forest Health Highlights report this week... More...
Statement From Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz on the Passing of Former Commissioner Jennifer Belcher
I’m devastated to hear of the passing of Commissioner Jennifer Belcher and my heart goes out to her family and loved ones. As just the second woman to serve in this role, I am forever grateful to Commissioner Belcher for her fearlessness in trailblazing a path that made my... More...
Committee on Geographic Names Seeks Input on Proposed Renaming of 18 Places with Derogatory Names
Second special meeting scheduled for Committee to provide comment before April 25 federal deadline   The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names is soliciting public input regarding the U.S. Department of the Interior’s recent proposal to rename 18 geographic... More...
DNR, WSU to Hold Forest Stewardship Courses for Small Forest Landowners
Courses beginning in May provide guidance for small forest landowners on creating forest stewardship plans. Registration ends April 19.   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Washington State University Extension Forestry program will... More...
DNR to Launch Prescribed Fire Program with Cross-Boundary Burn in Okanogan County
State and federal partners collaborate on prescribed burn in Okanogan County to improve forest health and decrease wildfire severity   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and U.S. Bureau of Land... More...
Forterra, DNR Conserve 40 Acres Of Old-Growth Forest In Central Cascades
Newest phase of conservation success in protecting Washington’s forest resources preserves critical habitat, adds it to Mount Si NRCA Forterra, a Washington based non-profit land trust, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have teamed up to conserve... More...
Commissioner Franz Establishes State’s First “Protection Zone” for Kelp and Eelgrass
Executive order will preserve 2,300 acres of valuable habitat at mouth of the Snohomish River   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today announced a first-of-its-kind Kelp and Eelgrass Protection Zone to conserve 2,300 acres of valuable habitat near the mouth... More...
Public Safety Concerns Prompt Target Shooting Closure on DNR Parcel Near Spokane
The ‘Stonelodge’ property is located west of Suncrest off state Route 291   Due to public safety concerns, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has closed a parcel of state land in Stevens County to target shooting. The closure will take effect... More...
Legislature’s Investments will Support DNR Efforts to Keep Waters and Habitat Clean, Safe
Legislature’s Investments will Support DNR Efforts to Keep Waters and Habitat Clean, Safe   Once signed into law, House Bill 1700 and Senate Bill 5619 will increase funding for two of DNR’s major aquatic programs   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz... More...
WSU Extension, DNR to Offer Free Online Forest Owners’ Winter School Classes
Free webinar set for February 26 includes education on indigenous land management, insect and diseases advice, and preparing trees for climate change   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington State University Extension Forestry program... More...
Commissioner Hilary Franz Introduces “Watershed Resilience Action Plan” for Salmon Recovery in the Snohomish River Watershed
DNR lays out a ‘Tree to Sea’ effort for recovering salmon habitat in the Snohomish River and a roadmap to improve and restore every watershed in our state   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today unveiled her new, first-of-its-kind 10-year plan for landscape-... More...
New Report Outlines Significant Economic Opportunities Generated By DNR Salmon Recovery and Forest Health Restoration
Ahead of the release of DNR’s Watershed Resilience Action Plan, report findings show that restoring public lands and waters has the potential to bolster Washington’s workers and environment   The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a new report Monday that... More...
Public Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Inter-Trust Land Exchange
Presentations will be made in Mount Vernon and Richland, with remote participation options also available   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is planning a pair of public presentations next month for a proposed transaction that would designate more... More...
New Study Details Tsunami Impacts of Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake to Olympic Peninsula
As experts signal likelihood of major earthquake in the next 50 years, DNR’s modeling shows corresponding flooding depths of 60 to 100 feet along Pacific coast beaches and Olympic Peninsula   Following minor flooding along the Pacific Coast from a tsunami caused by an... More...
Board Approves Naming of Mercer Island Cove for Decorated World War II Veteran
New name for San Juan County creek, corrected spelling of canyon in Spokane and Stevens counties also adopted during meeting Tuesday   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources, in its role as the Washington State Board on Geographic Names, approved new names... More...
DNR, RBAW Conservancy Finalize Purchase of Historic Lakebay Marina
After years of disrepair, the joint purchase will preserve this important South Sound marina with upgraded facilities and protections for kelp, eelgrass and salmon   Following a years-long effort to preserve the historic Lakebay Marina in Pierce County, the Washington... More...
DNR to Purchase Dallesport School, Create New Regional Wildfire Response Center
Acquisition of vacant Klickitat County buildings, funded with House Bill 1168 moneys, increases firefighting capabilities in Columbia River Gorge   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will purchase the former Dallesport Elementary School to create a... More...