FEMA prepares for Cascadia Subduction Zone 2016 Earthquake and Tsunami Exercise

Federal Emergency Management Agency staff, and emergency responders from around the state met in Ocean Shores last week to get the public involved in a major exercise planned for 2016.<br

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DNR puts geoduck tract off-limits, pending further testing

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

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Feds to start shooting barred owls

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to start dispatching hunters into Northwest forests this fall to start a last-ditch effort to save the threatened northern spotted owl from extinction.

The agency on Tuesday released a final environmental review of an experiment to see if killing more than 3,000 barred owls in four study areas in Oregon, Washington and Northern California will help spotted owls - a threatened species - recover. Final approval is due in a month.

If it works - and there are other studies indicating it will - a regular program to reduce barred owl populations would be considered.

Barred owls are a bigger, more aggressive cousin of the spotted owl. They are less picky about food and forests, and they threaten the spotted owl's survival.

DNR firefighter Albert Kassel receives Pacific Northwest Excellence in Dispatching Award for 2008

OLYMPIA – Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark announced today that Albert Kassel, manager of the Emergency Coordination Center of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been named to top honors by the Northwest Wildfire Coordination Center.

“To achieve such recognition after only two years in the position is a testament to Albert’s leadership, dedication, and stellar performance at DNR, in the region, and nationally,” said  Goldmark, congratulating Kassel on behalf of the department.