Despite Washington’s worst fire season in recorded history, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) generated $313 million in total revenue in fiscal year 2015, which included $161.9 million in lease and product sales income that was distributed to public schools, universities, county services, other beneficiaries of state trust lands. The revenues distributed included more than $65 million to support public services in 21 counties and $51 million for public school construction statewide.
The DNR 2015 Annual Report details the fiscal results of its management of 5.6 million acres of state trust and aquatic lands in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015.
In a letter introducing the DNR 2015 Annual Report, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark praised the efforts of agency’s staff who “carried an especially heavy burden in 2015 on behalf of the people of Washington.”
“The wildfire season affected the work of the agency in profound ways,’ said Goldmark, who leads DNR. “DNR firefighters, with help from federal and local partners, battled fire across the state for almost half of the year.”
Yet, Goldmark noted, the agency stayed on pace to generate millions of dollars from state trust lands. Many of DNR’s more than 1,200 foresters, biologists, and other staff also work as firefighters and support personnel during wildfire season, which extended to nearly six months in 2015.
The report reveals that in fiscal year 2015 the revenues distributed to state trust land beneficiaries included:
- $65.4 million for public services in 21 Washington ‘timber’ counties;
- $51 million for common school construction;
- $17.4 million for projects to restore and monitor the health of Puget Sound and other state-owned aquatic lands;
- $12.9 million for Washington State University;
- $5.2 million for prisons and other state institutions;
- $4.9 million for state government office buildings on the Capitol Campus in Olympia;
- $3.2 million for the University of Washington; and
- $1.9 million for regional state universities.
The DNR 2015 Annual Report also describes how the agency:
- Responded to wildfires that burned more than 1 million acres, including 314,000 acres of DNR-protected lands;
- Trained 600 volunteers to work alongside professional firefighters;
- Removed of 829 tons of derelict marine debris from Washington rivers, lakes and harbors with the help of DNR’s Puget SoundCorps crews;
- Created 23 miles of new recreation trails;
- Made 2,963 site visits in response to family forest owners’ requests for forestland management advice;
- Participated with private landowners, the logging industry, and the Department of Labor & Industries in the Loggers Safety Initiative, an effort to reduce fatalities and injuries among forest workers;
- Assessed 21 schools for earthquake vulnerability; and
- Mapped landslides and other geologic hazards using LiDAR and other technologies.
Links to the DNR 2015 Annual Report
The direct link to the DNR 2015 Annual Report in digital format is:
The reports can be downloaded from: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/publications/em_annualreport15.pdf
View other recent DNR annual reports at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/about/fiscal-reports/dnr-annual-reports