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DNR to host safety conference for professional divers April 7-8 in Seattle

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that online registration is now open for the 2014 Professional Dive Safety Conference taking place April 7-8 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Registration is free, but required.   The 2014 Professional Dive Safety Conference is designed for divers who earn…

DNR now accepting Community Forest Trust nominations

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now considering nominations for lands to be included in the state Community Forest Trust. Local communities interested in having lands included in the Community Forest Trust need to file the request for nominations form by June 2, 2014. This form can be downloaded from…

DNR says groundbreaking research could save Washington Douglas fir

Washington Academy of Sciences

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the publication of an important new scientific report on root rot diseases in Douglas fir trees by a Study Committee of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. DNR requested the report to better understand and address root rot diseases that threaten Douglas fir,…

WA Natural Resources Board OKs purchase of Wahkiakum forestland for Common School Trust

OLYMPIA – At its regular monthly meeting today, the state Board of Natural Resources authorized the purchase of 834 acres of working forestland in Wahkiakum County from a private seller for $2.19 million. DNR will manage the acquired parcels, located near the town of Skamokawa, to support quality stream and forest habitat for fish and…

Preacher Slough Road near Montesano closed for construction

DNR Preacher Slough

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that Preachers Slough Road near Montesano will close for construction of a river access site for small boats on January 6, 2014. DNR expects the site to be open by January 24, 2014. The construction project is located within the DNR-managed Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural…

DNR to enhance recreation opportunities in Green Mountain and Tahuya state forests

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the adoption of the Green Mountain and Tahuya State Forests Recreation Plan. The plan will guide the sustainable management of recreation in nearly 38,000 acres of DNR-managed forest land on and near the Kitsap Peninsula for the next 10 to 15 years. The…

DNR puts geoduck tract off-limits, pending further testing

WA DNR Wild Geoducks

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced several measures to address China’s action on shellfish imports and to ensure the safety of shellfish from Washington’s waters.   On December 5, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notified the state that China had banned imports of all “molluscan” shellfish (clams,…

Campfire ban lifted in Washington State Parks

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces the end of a general campfire ban in state parks east of the Cascades.

The action follows an announcement Wednesday by the Department of Natural Resources, lifting a ban on recreational fires on lands under DNR fire protection east of the Cascades. An earlier statewide ban on campfires was lifted in August for Western Washington state park campgrounds.

Some restrictions may remain in place for specific state parks or portions of parks. Visitors are advised to check the State Parks website at www.parks.wa.gov.

The summer ban on recreational campfires had extended to open fires and briquettes but had allowed use of propane devices for cooking and warming.

Grays Harbor County lifting burn ban Saturday

MONTESANO, Wash. – Effective 12:01 A.M. Saturday, September 21, 2013, the Grays Harbor County Fire Marshal’s Office in cooperation with local Fire Districts and Fire Departments will remove the restrictions on the burning of residential yard waste in the unincorporated areas of Grays Harbor County in accordance with the Outdoor Burning Rules:
http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us/info/pub_svcs/PlanningDocs/PDF/OutdoorBurning.pdf 
For burning on Department of Natural Resources (DNR) protected lands please contact DNR. For land clearing burns please contact Olympic Region Clean Air Authority (ORCAA).
The amount of recent rainfall, combined with its projected continuing trend, has reduced the threat of a wildfire to an appropriate level throughout the County. The Fire Marshal’s Office cautions residents to please note that the threat of escaped debris from burning will begin to increase if a dry trend occurs.
Fire Districts, Fire Departments, Grays Harbor County, and Washington State regulations place importance on following the rules that apply to outdoor burning in your area, and caution all citizens to be careful when burning. Please attend your burn at all times, and make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before leaving it unattended. For more information on outdoor burning on improved property, please contact your local fire protection agency before beginning to burn.

Department of Natural Resources lifts statewide burn ban

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the statewide burn ban on DNR-protected lands has been rescinded. Fire danger is reduced by the recent rainfall and moderating temperatures.

 

Restrictions set by local authorities are not affected by DNR’s action. Potential burners and the public at large are reminded to check with those local authorities before burning. For local fire restrictions, please visit:  http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx

 

In addition, industrial forest operations on DNR-protected lands remain regulated under the requirements of the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) system. Individuals involved in forest operations will need to check for and follow restrictions as they apply to the area in which they intend to work. Information on any such restrictions can be found at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/Topics/FireBurningRegulations/Pages/rp_fire_ifpl.aspx.aspx

 

Wash. DNR completes land exchange in Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, and Mason counties

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On Tuesday, September 3, the Board of Natural Resources authorized the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to exchange 5,073 acres of state trust land in Clallam and Grays Harbor counties for 9,117 acres of properties of equal value owned by Green Crow Timber, LLC, and Green Crow Corporation in Clallam, Jefferson and Mason counties.

 

“This land exchange enables the Department of Natural Resources to consolidate land holdings, increasing efficiency and total acreage and, ultimately, providing greater support to state trust land beneficiaries,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who chairs the Board of Natural Resources and leads DNR.

 

Known as the Foothills Land Exchange, the Board’s action will help consolidate and protect more working forest lands from development along Hood Canal and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The transaction also will place more sections of the popular Olympic Discovery Trail under public ownership.

 

DNR: Public encouraged to heed fire safety this Labor Day weekend

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging campers, recreationists, woods workers, and other forest visitors to be especially careful with fire this weekend. Despite some recent regional precipitation, fire danger remains high in Washington.

 

In an effort to reduce human-caused wildfires, DNR has issued a statewide burn ban on all lands under DNR protection, effective through September 30. The ban applies to all forestlands in Washington State, except federal lands. While campfires are allowed in approved pits west of the Cascade Mountains in all state, local and private campgrounds, they are not allowed east of the Cascade Mountains.

 

DNR suggests always checking to see if there are additional local restrictions on campfires before leaving home to go camping or hiking. Because campgrounds may choose to ban campfires, it’s best to check with the campground host before considering a campfire.

For daily updates on burn restrictions, call 1-800-323-BURN or visit DNR’s webpage showing fire danger and burning restrictions by county: http://fortress.wa.gov/dnr/firedanger/BurnRisk.aspx 

Campfire ban lifted for state parks in Western Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington State Parks announces it is lifting a ban on campfires in state parks in Western Washington, as the result of rain and forecasts of milder weather. 

Effective immediately, campers in state park campgrounds west of the Cascade crest may resume having campfires in provided campfire rings and also may use charcoal briquettes in grills and braziers. 

State Parks is following the lead of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who announced today he is lifting the ban on recreational fires in approved fire pits on forest lands under DNR fire protection, within state, county and municipal or other campgrounds in Western Washington. 

A ban on campfires and use of briquettes remains in place for all state parks in Eastern Washington. 

Visitors to state parks in Eastern Washington are allowed to use the following devices for cooking and warmth: 

• Propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use
• Propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes
• Propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base
• Lava rocks or lava logs may be used in propane grills and barbecues
• Solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container 

Extreme fire risk prompts call for extreme caution

OLYMPIA – With fire danger continuing to increase across Washington, officials from four state agencies today urged residents to recognize that even seemingly low-risk activities, such as parking on a grassy field or using motorized yard tools, can spark a wildfire.
Thirty-seven of the state’s 39 counties have declared burn bans. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has banned fires on all lands protected by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), including wildlife areas and other facilities managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
However, even those protections don’t address all the ways people can unintentionally spark a wildfire.
“Most people are responsible and use good judgment,” said Mary Verner, DNR’s Deputy Supervisor for Resource Protection. “On the other hand, most wildfires are human-caused. We want to alert people to the extremely hazardous conditions and ask that they take extra precaution even with routine and seemingly safe activities.”
Bruce Bjork, Chief of Enforcement for WDFW, said people driving off-road can start a fire simply by driving across or parking on a grassy field, like those that exist at most of the department’s nearly 200 wildlife area units.

“Dry grass touching a vehicle’s hot exhaust system could start a major fire, especially when the wind is blowing,” said Bjork. “If you’re driving through the woods or open range, please stay on the road surface until you find a paved or graveled area to park.”

Washington State Parks bans campfires in all state parks

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Parks department says that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. 

Campers will be allowed to use devices that allow for control of combustion, including propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use; propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes; propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base; and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container. 

In prescribing the ban on campfires, Washington State Parks is following the lead of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which Tuesday notified the public of a ban on all outdoor burning on lands protected by DNR. That agency has fire protection responsibility on approximately 50 percent of state park lands. The State Parks ban on open fires and campfires in all state parks is intended to minimize public confusion and cooperate in DNR’s effort to prevent wildfires. 

DNR has said that significant demands are being placed upon fire suppression resources from regional and statewide firefighting efforts. Wildfires are often ignited by lightning, but most fires are caused by human activities, including carelessly tended outdoor fires.