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Stuck at Home? WSU Extension, DNR Offer Free Online Classes to Enhance Your Forested Property
The classes cover everything from growing mushrooms, boosting wildlife habitat on your property and preparing for climate change   The COVID-19 outbreak is not slowing down the Washington State University Extension Forestry and the Washington State Department of... More...
Fire Officials Warn of Hot, Dry Conditions
Wildfire risk rises this weekend as landscapes begin to dry out   With hot and dry weather coming this weekend, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to be especially careful to not spark a wildfire.   Already this... More...
New Tussock Moth Outbreak Causes Tree Defoliation in Okanogan County
Property owners can take steps to support their fir trees   Forest health scientists with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) say owners of wooded property in Okanogan County should be on the lookout for the Douglas-fir tussock moth, a native... More...
Land Exchange Will Enhance Habitat for Endangered Plant
Transaction consolidates lands in range of Whited’s milk-vetch, a unique plant endemic to Chelan County; DNR to add 440 acres of forested land   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will acquire habitat for an endangered plant unique to Chelan County... More...
DNR Recreation Sites and Public Lands to Reopen May 5
DNR partnering with REI on social media campaign to remind Washington residents to continue social distancing and recreating responsibly   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that DNR-managed lands will reopen for public... More...
Commissioner Franz Honors Yakama Nation’s Johnson Meninick
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the elected official who leads the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), today offered her heartfelt thanks to Johnson Meninick, a fierce warrior for his people and a defender and proponent of protecting the culture and... More...
Five Acre Brush Fire Burning Near Leavenworth
Firefighters, DNR Aircraft Deployed   Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire crews and one helicopter have been deployed to fight the Alpenhof Fire burning southwest of Leavenworth. The fire was initially reported April 12 just before 3p.m.... More...
Annual Forest Health Highlights Report Shows Latest Insect, Disease Conditions
Report includes results from the 2019 aerial survey of Washington   As Washington’s forests continue to face challenges like increased drought and historical forest management decisions, scientists at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) observed... More...
State Lands Closure Extended through May 4
In accordance with the governor’s extension of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, all state lands will continue to be closed to the public through May 4.   The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and... More...
DNR to Postpone Ahtanum Road Meeting
Green Dot Road Update Meeting to be Rescheduled for Later Date   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will postpone a stakeholder meeting regarding the Ahtanum State Forest Green Dot road system originally scheduled for April 15.   To... More...
DNR Closing Public Lands to Recreation Activities
In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, all public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources (nearly 6 million acres) will be closed to the public through at least April 8.*   *Please note that a newer press release found here extends the closure of public... More...
Commissioner Franz on ‘Stay at Home’ Order
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, the elected official who leads the state Department of Natural Resources, tonight offered praise for Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay at Home” order and issued the following statement:   “The situation our state and nation faces is... More...
Washington Campgrounds to Close Through April 30
Day-use areas and trails remain open; public encouraged to practice social distancing and good hygiene while enjoying the outdoors   Today, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Department of... More...
DNR Closing Offices to the Public, but Agency Functions Remain Operational
Effective tomorrow, Friday, March 20, the Department of Natural Resources’ offices across the state will be closed to the public. These closures are part of agency actions intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Steps already taken include having non-essential... More...
DNR and Skamania County Team Up to Restore Watersheds, Improve Road in Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Agreement made possible through the Good Neighbor Authority   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has signed an agreement with Skamania County that funds much-needed road improvements in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and supports watershed... More...
DNR Defeats Cooke Aquaculture in Court
Thurston County Superior Court Upholds DNR’s Termination of Cooke Aquaculture’s Net Pen Lease in Port Angeles Harbor   On Friday, Feb. 28, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy rejected Cooke Aquaculture’s (Cooke) challenge to the Department of Natural... More...
Change of Offensive Creek Name in Whatcom County Among 3 Changes Approved by Board of Natural Resources
Páatstel Creek is now named for the historical tribal village near its headwaters; two new creek names in Chelan County were also approved Tuesday   The renaming of a Whatcom County creek that formerly bore an offensive name was one of three naming proposals approved... More...
Commissioner Franz Unveils Plan for Climate Resilience
Climate change threatens the productivity of Washington’s farms, forests and communities, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize those threats and create new opportunities in making the state more resilient, according to a new report released by the Washington State... More...
Clean Fuel Standard is State’s Moral Obligation, says Commissioner Franz
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement today in support of HB 1110, a measure that will establish a Clean Fuels Program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from Washington’s transportation sector:   “The people of Washington are... More...
DNR Awards $1.6 Million in Forest Restoration Grants to Forest Collaboratives in Washington
Projects funded by these grants will help reduce wildfire risk   The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded nine organizations across Washington with a combined $1.6 million in grant funding to help make forests in their communities... More...