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DNR to Begin Transition of Orchard on State Lands in Richland
Changes in Lease Activity to Increase Funding for Schools, City Revenue   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will begin to transition a leased orchard on state trust lands within the Richland city limits into future lots for development... More...
Commissioner Franz Delivers Fire Engine to Malden, Replacing Engine Lost in Labor Day Fire that Burned Town
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz drove into Malden to deliver the town a fire engine Thursday, replacing the engine lost when the town was devastated by a Labor Day wildfire.   Residents have begun rebuilding in the three months since the Babb Road Fire... More...
DNR to Transfer 1,360 Acres to WDFW in Douglas County to Expand Wildlife Area
The Board of Natural Resources approved the grant-funded transaction during its meeting Tuesday     The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will transfer 1,360 acres of Douglas County rangeland to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife... More...
Middle Fork Snoqualmie NRCA Complete After Final Land Transaction
The popular King County recreation destination is home to Mailbox Peak and forest stands that are up to 500 years old The final parcel of trust land within the boundary of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Natural Resources Conservation Area has been moved into permanent... More...
DNR to Hire 550 Seasonal Firefighters
The application process has opened for summer employment   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun recruiting for 550 temporary firefighters to serve with the state’s largest wildland firefighting department for next year’s fire season.... More...
DNR Releases Forest Action Plan, Setting the Course for Washington’s Forests
2020 Update of the Forest Action Plan also connects dots between other state, local and federal stewardship, wildfire strategies   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its 2020 Forest Action Plan on Monday, Oct. 26, outlining more than... More...
DNR to Lift Temporary Shooting Ban Today
The temporary statewide ban on the lawful discharge of firearms was lifted Thursday on all DNR-managed lands   Due to recent rainfall and decreasing risk of large wildfires, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is lifting its temporary ban on... More...
Commissioner Franz Visits Big Hollow Fire in SW Washington, Says ‘It’s Time to Stop Pointing Fingers and Get to Work’
Big Hollow Fire in and around the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is the largest uncontained wildfire in the state   Greeted by much-welcomed rain, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today visited the firefighting camp of the Big Hollow Fire near the... More...
DNR to Reopen Eastern Washington Recreation Lands Friday, Sept. 18
Agency will lift its wildfire danger closures, but urges the public to stay vigilant and abide by burn, target shooting bans     The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reopening all recreation lands east of the Cascades to recreation... More...
Commissioner Franz Says ‘Time for Talk is Over, Action Needed’ on Wildfire-prone Forests, Communities
After tour of fire-ravaged Omak Monday, DNR’s leader called for action at “the speed of wildfire”   Following a tour of Omak, Wash., site of the Cold Springs Fire, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz highlighted the need for both short- and long-term support of... More...
DNR Extends Recreation Closure on Eastern Washington Lands Due To Fire Danger
Ongoing fires and critical fire danger lead to extension through Thursday, September 17   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the closure of all of the lands it manages east of the Cascades to recreation due to high fire danger... More...
ICYMI: Video Available of Commissioner Franz and Malden Officials Press Conference After Devastating Wildfire Burned Whitman County Town
The devastation of the small Whitman County town of Malden is a wake-up call for Washington to commit long-needed resources to wildfire prevention and response, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said during an on-the-ground tour of the wreckage Wednesday.  ... More...
Statement From Commissioner Franz On First Fire Fatality
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, who is witnessing first-hand the devastation wrought by wildfires in Eastern Washington, today issued the following statement about the death of a small child during the Cold Springs Fire:   “I came out to Malden to see first... More...
DNR Closes Recreation on E. Wa Lands Due To Fire Danger
View updated information here.  Updated 9/10/2020       Closure is effective immediately and will remain in place through Friday at the earliest   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is closing all of the... More...
DNR, WDFW to Close Wenas Wildlife Area Due to Evans Canyon Fire Danger
Evans Canyon Fire burning in Yakima and Kittitas counties puts recreationists at risk, closure includes roughly 150,000 acres around Wenas Wildlife Area   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)... More...
Board of Natural Resources Approves Middle May Timber Sale
The harvest supports services in Snohomish County, provides recreation opportunities, and protects critical habitat   The Washington State Board of Natural Resources unanimously approved the Middle May timber sale in the Reiter Foothills State Forest in Snohomish... More...
​Commissioner Franz Asks for Public’s Help in Preventing Wildfires Labor Day Weekend
Evans Canyon Fire and hot, dry weather conditions warrant wildfire safety precautions   Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, leader of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the state’s wildfire fighting force, is asking for the public’s... More...
New Videos Show Tsunami Impacts to Washington Coast
Simulations designed to help southwest Washington communities prepare for next tsunami   To help communities along Washington’s coast visualize and prepare for the next tsunami, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a new series of... More...
Eastern Washington Fire Precaution Levels Rise, Danger Ratings Level Off
Due to the continuous hot, dry weather, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today more changes in industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected lands. While fire danger ratings in Lower Basin and Lower Yakima areas decreased slightly... More...
‘Recreate Responsibly’ Signs in English and Spanish to be Installed on Recreation Sites Statewide
Signage Results from Partnership Between State Agencies and REI Co-op   Starting this week, new aluminum signs will greet visitors at state parks, wildlife areas, and recreation lands around the state with guidance on how to “recreate responsibly” during the ongoing... More...