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New Study Shows Impacts of Cascadia Tsunami in Puget Sound
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new study showing, for the first time, the impacts that a magnitude 9.0 earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone would have on Puget Sound communities.   This study, prepared by geologists... More...
Chelan County Organizations Partner with DNR for $2.8 Million Grant to Reduce Wildfire Risk
Award will be used to create fuel breaks in one of the most fire-prone areas of Washington   Efforts to reduce wildfire risk in Chelan County’s most fire-prone areas over the next five years will get a boost over the next five years thanks to $2.8 million in federal... More...
Commissioner Hilary Franz’s Wildfire, Forest Health Funding Bill Heads to Governor
Signature legislation will provide transformative investments in wildfire response, forest restoration, and community resilience   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s top legislative priority, House Bill 1168, to better prepare for and prevent wildfires,... More...
Expanded Burn Restrictions, Fire Danger Ratings Increase in Areas of Eastern Washington
Unseasonable dry fuels, warm temps increase fire danger   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partner agencies, is adding new burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in eastern Washington. The new restrictions are a... More...
Public Hearing With COVID Protocols Set for Proposed State Land Transaction in Jefferson County
The Dabob Bay Inter-Trust Exchange would allow DNR to move 820 acres of forestland into conservation through a Trust Land Transfer      The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is planning a public presentation and hearing May 13 in Quilcene to... More...
Commissioner Franz Kicks Off ‘Wildfire Ready Neighbors’ Program in Okanogan County to Help Protect Homes, Properties Through Community Action
Initiative connects residents with experts and resources in order to prepare communities for wildfire season   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz was in Winthrop today to kick off a new, collaborative effort between the Washington State Department of Natural... More...
UPDATE: DNR Implements New Burn Restrictions in South Puget Sound Region
Rising fire danger prompts restrictions in the South Puget Sound, Northwest, Pacific Cascade, and Northeast Regions   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is implementing temporary burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands in the South Puget Sound... More...
Temporary Burn Restrictions in Parts of Eastern Washington
Restrictions are prompted by uptick in wildfires caused by escaped debris burns amid warming temperatures and increased fire danger   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partner agencies, is implementing the following burn... More...
Commissioner Hilary Franz’s Signature Wildfire Funding Legislation Passes Senate
Bill would make transformative investments in wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s top legislative priority, House Bill 1168, to better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires in... More...
DNR Urges Public to Check Burn Piles and Put Campfires Completely Out
Warmer weather expected statewide next week will increase wildfire danger   Ahead of warmer weather forecasted for next week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is warning residents to make sure their campfires and burn piles are fully... More...
Commissioner Franz Introduces ‘Wildfire Ready Neighbors’ to Help Protect Homes, Properties Through Community Action
Initiative connects residents with experts and resources in order to better prepare communities for wildfire season   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz was in Wenatchee today to announce a new, collaborative effort between the Washington State Department of... More...
Commissioner Franz Applauds Senate, House Budget Proposals
Biennial budgets include $125 million to boost wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and our state’s wildfire fighting force,... More...
Commissioner Franz Talks Partnerships, Calls for Funding at Supertanker Event
DNR’s top official visited Moses Lake to observe a demonstration of the state-of-the-art firefighting aircraft newly stationed there   On Tuesday, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz met with officials from AeroTEC, Global Supertanker and the Washington State... More...
Commissioner Franz's Wildfire Response, Forest Health Funding Legislation Passes House Unanimously
Bill would make transformative investments in wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   Today, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s top legislative priority, House Bill 1168, to better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires in... More...
WSU Extension, DNR Delivering Free Winter School Classes Online For First Time
The weekend workshop gives landowners large and small a chance to learn about forestry, forest health, wildfire risks, and more   Want to learn about forest health from your family room? Creating habitat for critters while on your couch? Planting trees in your pajamas... More...
Glenda Breiler Joins DNR as Director of Tribal Relations
Breiler, a Colville Tribal member of the Okanogan Band, has extensive experience working collaboratively with Tribes and government agencies   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has hired Glenda Breiler to serve as the agency’s director of... More...
Commissioner Franz Statement on Federal Relief Approval for Communities Devastated by Wildfire
On Thursday, February 4, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who leads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and our state’s wildfire fighting force, released the following statement on the Biden administration’s approval of federal disaster relief... More...
DNR Officer Helps Save Hypothermic Man Lost in Snowy Olympic Mountains
The officer used an ATV with snow tracks to reach the man stranded in the Olympic National Forest near the Mount Ellinor trailhead     A Washington State Department of Natural Resources police officer assisting the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the USDA... More...
Commissioner Hilary Franz Unveils Sweeping Wildfire and Forest Health Funding Proposal
Bill would make transformative investments in wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience   On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) joined experts and advocacy leaders from across the state... More...
Land Transfer for Darrington Wood Innovation Center Approved by Board of Natural Resources
The parcel will become part of a new facility in rural Snohomish County supporting the creation of new wood products   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will transfer 3.74 acres of land to the Town of Darrington for its future Wood Innovation Center... More...