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Department of Natural Resources

Washington State Department of Natural Resource’s mission is: to provide professional, forward-looking stewardship of our state lands, natural resources, and environment; and  to provide leadership in creating a sustainable future for the Trusts and all citizens.

DNR manages 5.6 million acres of forest, range, agricultural, aquatic, and commercial lands for the people of Washington. These lands generate more than $200 million a year, much of it to support public schools, state institutions, and county services. DNR also manages these lands to provide fish and wildlife habitat, clean and abundant water, and public access.

For more information about the Washington State Department of Natural Resources,  go to: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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Agriculture Leasing State Trust lands have been leased for agriculture and grazing by Washington’s Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands for more than 100 years, offering opportunities to farmers and ranchers, orchardists, grape growers, other public agencies, and more. We work with our lessees to see that appropriate investments are made in the lands to keep them ecologically sustainable and more productive and, in doing so, also protect public resources such as water, fish and wildlife.

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Family Forest Fish Passage Program The Family Forest Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance to rural landowners who have fish barriers on their forestland. It provides 75%-100% of the cost of fixing fish barriers on qualifying lands. To qualify for the program a landowner must harvest less than two million board feet of timber per year, the project must be on forestland and on a fish-bearing stream, and the project must be associated with a forest road.

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Forest Riparian Easement Program (FREP) Administered by DNR’s Small Forest Landowner Office, the Forest Riparian Easement Program (FREP) compensates small forest landowners for unharvested timber along riparian corridors by offering the purchase of a 50 year easement. This is timber the landowner is required to leave standing as a result of forest practice rules protecting Washington’s forest and fish.

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Riparian Open Space Program Riparian Open Space Program grants offer private landowners the option of donation or compensation for timber lands within unconfined avulsing channel migration zones. The lands addressed by this program are essentially islands of timber within rivers or streams. This program was authorized by RCW 76.09.040.

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Washington Register of Natural Areas The Washington Register of Natural Areas is a voluntary landowner recognition program that targets priority species and ecosystems identified in the Washington Natural Heritage Plan. It is administered by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy.

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Washington Urban and Community Forestry Program The purpose of the Washington Urban and Community Forestry Program is to educate citizens and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological, and aesthetic benefits of trees. It also works to assist local governments, citizen groups, and volunteers in planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation. The program receives assistance from the U.S. Forest Service.

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Forest Legacy Program The Forest Legacy Program is a federal grant program to protect forestlands from conversion to non-forest uses. In Washington State, the program is guided by the US Forest Service and carried out through the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Through the program, federal grants pay for conservation easements and other means that prevent development. The Forest Legacy Program provides for both traditional forest uses and the protection of water, cultural resources, fish and wildlife.

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Forest Stewardship Program The Forest Stewardship Program is a nationwide program designed to assist non-industrial private forest landowners in managing their properties for a variety of resource values. The program offers advice and assistance to landowners with over 5 acres to help improve forests for timber production, forest health, wildlife and fish habitat, special forest products, water quality, aesthetics, and fire safety. Advice is customized to meet the landowner’s personal objectives.

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