department of natural resources

Washington to preserve 10,000 forest acres as carbon reserve

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state has launched a new program to save 10,000 acres of forest land as a carbon reserve. The Seattle Times reports the state intends to lease the trees as carbon credits to emitters of greenhouse gases that cause…

Washington buys more Steptoe Butte land to preserve it

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — The largest remaining area of native Palouse prairie in southeastern Washington state will be preserved thanks to a transaction that moved hundreds of acres of Steptoe Butte into public ownership. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports Kent Bassett,…

DNR lands east of Cascades to reopen Thursday

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Department of Natural Resources lands east of the Cascades will reopen to public access on Thursday. The department closed those lands on July 23 because of extreme heat, drought and risk of wildfires. Commissioner of Public…

DNR-managed campgrounds to close for the foreseeable future

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Your upcoming camping trip may need to be put on hold.  The Washington Department of Natural Resources announced that all of their managed lands, including campgrounds, in Eastern Washington will close Friday because of fire danger.  Those…

Washington prepares to increase wildfire resources

SPOKANE, Wash. --- Officials at the Department of Natural Resources say Washington is far more prepared to quickly get on top of fires this year through partnerships with local, state and federal entities. The ground crew at Fire District 8…

Simulations depict tsunami effects in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) - State authorities have released new simulations that show how a powerful tsunami could overwhelm Washington state's coastal and shoreline communities. The Department of Natural Resources says there are some locations around the state where residents would have…