Franz Calls For Wildland Firefighters To Be Vaccinated

Because of the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state, specifically from the Delta Variant, the head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources is calling for all wildland firefighters to be vaccinated. On Monday, Commissioner Hilary Franz called on the federal Departments of Agriculture and the Interior to take additional […]

Washington DNR Purchases Nearly 300 Acres In Wahkiakum County

Earlier this week, the Washington state Department of Natural Resources approved the purchase of 266 acres of forestland in Wahkiakum County. Of the six parcels, five will be managed to generate revenue for Wahkiakum County. The county, home to 4,000 residents, will receive an average of $1.8 million in nontax revenue each year from timber […]

DNR: Washington Forests Continue To Face A Host Of Challenges For 2021

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, forests across Washington continue to face an array of challenges. According to the state’s latest Forest Health Highlights Report, many of those challenges have been brought on by an increasingly dry climate as well as past forest management practices. The COVID pandemic made it challenging for DNR […]

In Effort To Prepare For Summer, Franz Launches Wildfire Ready Neighbors! Campaign

To help the state prepare for what she calls a potentially catastrophic wildfire season, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz recently kicked off the Wildfire Ready Neighbors! program. The campaign connects those in wildfire prone areas with efforts and tools to help home and property owners take proactive step action to better protect their […]

Orcutt Discusses HB 1168

When it comes to managing Washington’s forests and preventing wildfires, House Bill 1168 is getting a lot of attention this session. The proposal would create a dedicated fund of $125 million every biennium for wildfire response, forest restoration and community resilience. The legislation has the backing of House Republicans and Commission of Public Lands Hilary […]

Updated Forest Action Plan Incorporates Western Washington Needs, Priorities

Earlier this fall, the Washington state department of Natural Resources released its 2020 Forest Action Plan, which out lined more than 100 priority actions to improve and conserve forests across the state. Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz said this updated Forest Action Plan, builds on existing work taking place on the east side of […]