Firefighting, timber harvest rules and landslide mapping lead DNR budget priorities

Money to fight wildfires, regulate timber harvests, and map Washington’s geological hazards are key requests in Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark’s budget for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), published by the state’s Office of Financial Management last week.

 

“The firestorms and landslides we experienced in 2014 remind us how important it is to prepare for disasters, prevent them when we can, and fight them when we must,” said Goldmark. “This budget will give us the tools we need to improve public safety for the people of Washington.”

 

The agency is seeking some $4.5 million to restore numbers of trained firefighters to pre-recession levels. This will increase the agency’s ability to respond quickly to fires on the 13 million acres it protects. DNR will request $3.2 million to boost oversight of timber harvests, ensuring forestry activities meet clean water standards, do not harm salmon, or increase natural landslide dangers. DNR also is asking for $6.6 million to expand LiDAR mapping of geological hazards and provide technical support to counties, cities, and the public to help them understand the data.

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Raymond driver spins out on wet pavement

Washington State Patrol

A Raymond teenager was injured Monday when her pickup spun out on wet pavement just South of Cosmopolis. The Washington State Patrol reports her 1998 Toyota Pickup was Southbound on 101 at the top of Cosi hill just after 10 Monday morning, when she lost control and struck the oncoming guard rail coming to rest partially blocking the Southbound lane. The girl was transported to Community Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Trooper Hendrickson cited the cause as speeding to fast for conditions, and said that charges could be pending.

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