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Fires banned on state lands
Governor Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark take steps to reduce wildfire risk:   With extraordinary heat and drought conditions across the state — and forecasts for more of the same — Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark... More...
State Committee on Geographic Names seeks public’s input on proposed changes before next meeting: Residents’ proposals seek new names for geographic features in Grays Harbor, Jefferson, and Pierce...
The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names is seeking public input on proposals to change the names of three geographic features in Washington state. Proposed changes receiving the committee’s approval will advance to the Board of Natural Resources, acting as the... More...
Fire danger rating increases to very high in Lincoln, Spokane and parts of Stevens counties
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in the fire danger rating.   Effective 12:01 a.m. on July 15, 2015: Fire danger has increased from ‘high’ to ‘very high’ in Spokane and northern Lincoln counties,... More...
DNR buys conservation easement to protect northern spotted owl habitat
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has purchased a permanent conservation easement to protect critical wildlife habitat on a privately owned parcel of forestland in eastern King County.   The easement setting aside approximately 25 acres as... More...
Wildfires spike today in eastern Washington: Firefighting resources already stretched; state official pleads for extreme caution
With state wildland firefighters already battling three large fires and multiple small fires today in eastern Washington, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is asking residents to not light personal fireworks and immediately stop any activity that may spark additional... More...
Court deems DNR not liable for Port Gamble Bay cleanup: Ruling requires private company to pay costs
A state court has ruled the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not have to pay to clean up pollution from a former mill operation at Port Gamble.   In a June 8 decision, Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Anna M. Laurie dismissed DNR as a... More...
Fire danger rating increases in southeast Washington: New restrictions for people working in the woods
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating and industrial fire precaution levels on DNR-protected lands.   Effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 13, 2015, the following fire danger rating changes... More...
See a Washington wildfire? Call 911: Callers asked to note location to help speed response
As the 2015 fire season gets underway, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) asks citizens who spot wildfire anywhere in the state to observe the location of the fire and quickly report it by calling 911.   “Our first line of information about... More...
Fire danger rating increases in northeast Washington: Fire danger rating increases in northeast Washington
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the following changes in fire danger rating, burn restrictions and industrial fire precaution levels on DNR-protected lands.   Effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 10, 2015, the following fire... More...
Tree grove planting to honor memory of Mike Murphy, former Grays Harbor County commissioner: Capitol State Forest planting will support schools and public services
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun planting a grove of trees in the Capitol State Forest to honor longtime public servant Mike Murphy, who died on June 11, 2014, at his home in Olympia. Originally from Elma, Washington, Murphy was a strong... More...
Public auction to sell state trust lands: Residential development property available in Pasco
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will hold a public auction to sell nine contiguous parcels, ranging in size from 15.99 acres to 37.86 acres, located in Franklin County, Washington. The zoning designations include low-density residential, medium-density... More...
Board approves conservation land transfer to Clark County: Plan for managing Teanaway Community Forest also okayed
The state Board of Natural Resources today authorized the transfer of 157 acres of state-owned land 11 miles north of Camas to Clark County to use for recreation, open space or wildlife habitat. The parcel was managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)... More...
Public hearing scheduled for Pasco inter-trust exchange
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposes to exchange a parcel of Common School Trust land in Pasco with an agricultural property in rural Franklin County. This exchange would make it possible for DNR to subdivide the Pasco property into several... More...
State seeks advisory committee members for Teanaway Community Forest
The Washington state departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are seeking applications through June 10 for the citizen-based Teanaway Community Forest Advisory Committee. The advisory committee provides advice to the agencies about the ongoing... More...
Wildfire risk ever-present this Memorial Day weekend: DNR warns of early fire season dangers
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges everyone to help prevent wildland fires over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. The extended holiday weekend brings a higher-than-average number of visitors to the forests, raising... More...
DNR names Stephen Bernath as new forest practices chief: State Forest Aaron Everett to take on policy leadership role
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark today announced that he will appoint environmental scientist Stephen Bernath as Deputy Supervisor for Forest Practices. Bernath, who has previously served in senior forestry roles at DNR, is following State Forester Aaron Everett in... More...
State board authorizes nearly 3,000 acres for conservation and low-impact recreation in Snohomish and Kitsap counties: Action by Board of Natural Resources also will inject $7 million into public...
Today at its regular monthly public meeting, the Board of Natural Resources authorized two transfers of state trust land that, combined, will shift nearly 3,000 acres of state-owned forest and wetlands in western Washington into conservation status. In addition to providing... More...
Public hearing scheduled on proposed trust land exchange in Columbia and King counties: Department of Natural Resources and utility company seek to trace parcels
A public hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m., May 14, 2015, to provide information and receive comments from the public about a proposed land exchange between the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).   Who... More...
DNR celebrates lasting stewardship with 13th annual “Pick Up the Burn”: Join the Yacolt Burn State Forest event this May 2
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites you to join dedicated volunteers and partners for the annual “Pick Up the Burn.” In its thirteenth year, the Yacolt Burn State Forest event brings off-road vehicle riders, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback... More...
DNR to host April 22 open house at Woodard Bay NRCA: Agency showcasing enhancements to environmental education and public access on Earth Day
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is marking Earth Day with an open house to celebrate recent improvements to the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA).   Who: Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Squaxin Island... More...

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