State Update: Fires hold steady as victims get help

The state’s lead fire fighting agencies—the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)andthe State Fire Marshal’s Office of the Washington State Patrol (WSP)—continued

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Outdoor Burning Restricted in Grays Harbor County

Effective 12:01 A.M. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Grays Harbor County Fire Districts and Fire Departments in cooperation with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR.) and the Olympic

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Board of Natural Resources approves land purchase on Olympic Peninsula for Common School Trust

OLYMPIA – The Board of Natural Resources today authorized the purchase of an 80-acre parcel of forestland on the Olympic Peninsula. The parcel, which is zoned as commercial forest, will

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Port of Grays Harbor approves acquisition of Friends Landing and Sterling Landing

The port of Grays Harbor added two parks to it’s list of properties yesterday, approving the deal that accepts Friends Landing and Sterling Landing as a gift. The non-profit that currently owns them asked the commissioners to consider the acquisition in April. Satsop Business Park Manager Alissa Shay said Sterling Landing comes with something it didn’t have before. “Access to Sterling Landing is provided by a gravel road owned by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The current owners do not have an easement to access their property, but initial discussions with Fish and Wildlife indicate that an easement would likely b granted to the Port so long as we would continue to provide recreational fishing access.” They’ll also have to apply for some access at Friend’s Landing “In terms of the Department of Natural Resources aquatic lease at Friend’s Landing, according to the DNR there is currently not an active lease on the aquatic lands, although one was maintained in the past.” Shay said that “as-is” the sites could either cost or make the port about 15-thousand per year. Legal Council Art Blauvelt said the Port will add the two properties to it’s comprehensive plan in July before looking at any changes. Friend’s Landing on the Chehalis River is a 152 acre, handicap accessible recreation area just outside of Montesano, and includes a 32 acre man-made lake, 1.7 miles of paved trail, a boat launch as well as camping facilities. Sterling Landing on the Wynoochee River is an undeveloped 30-acre site with a gravel boat launch located outside of Montesano.

“The Commissioners and staff are honored that the stewards of these vital waterfront facilities feel the Port of Grays Harbor would be best suited for the long-term

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Washington heightens scrutiny of timber harvests near geological hazards

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has announced new requirements for proposed timber harvests near potential landslide hazard areas. Applicants for harvest permits will be required

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Department of Natural Resources launches derelict vessel “turn-in” program

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed a Vessel Turn-in Program (VTIP) to dismantle vessels that do not yet satisfy the legal definition of “derelict”

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Governor Inslee signs bipartisan bill to further address the problems of derelict and abandoned vessels

OLYMPIA – Surrounded by legislators and a diverse group of supportive stakeholders, Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that builds on the state’s commitment to prevent derelict vessels

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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

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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.

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