Free Fuel Reduction Workshops for Contractors Scheduled in Eastern WA
News Date: 
January 17, 2023
   

More than $4,000,000 available for Eastern Washington forest landowners to promote forest health, reduce impacts of wildfire

 
The Northeast Region of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering two free workshops for contractors interested in working on fuel reduction projects with private landowners. Such projects may be eligible for DNR cost share funding.
 
The program provides benefits to new contractors including an opportunity for existing contractors to learn about changes to the program, meet with a representative from the state Department of Revenue (DOR) regarding taxes, and to gain insight into the program.
 
DNR’s 20 Year Forest Health Strategic Plan prioritizes the forest health and forest resiliency of Eastern Washington forests and reducing the impact of wildfires to our communities. More than $4,000,000 in grants is available annually to forest landowners in Eastern Washington to share the cost of wildfire mitigation work needed on their property.
 
The two workshops offered in Northeast Region will cover:
  • How to get on the DNR list of fuel reduction contractors
  • How forest landowners can sign up for funding
  • Tax information from a DOR representative
  • Burning: Rule versus permit and prescribed burns
  • How the program works, from setup to payment
  • How to successfully complete forest health and wildfire mitigation work
  • Contact information for DNR service foresters
 
While this workshop is focused on contractors, anyone from the public is welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is preferred. Please contact Kelsey Hagan if you are planning to attend.
 
A virtual option is also available for those who are unable to attend in person. Please let Kelsey Hagan know if you would like to be added to the Zoom meeting list. A link will be sent out Monday, February 6, with instructions on how to join.
 
Who:  Forest contractors
 
What:   Free Fuel Reduction Contractor Workshop
 
When/Where:
Tuesday, February 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Republic Ranger Station at 650 E. Delaware Ave. Republic, WA 99166
Wednesday, February 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 46, 3818 E Deer Park Milan Rd, Chattaroy WA 99003
         
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MEDIA CONTACTS
Natalie Johnson
Communications Manager
360-790-1886
 
Kelsey Hagan
Landowner Assistance
509-995-7967