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Tag: state Department of Natural Resources


DNR volunteers projects include two in Elbe State Forest

The State Department of Natural Resources has invited the public to attend volunteer events Saturday and Sunday in honor of National Volunteer Week.
Here is the schedule of projects:

Beverly Dunes Clean-Up near Ellensburg

Where: Beverly Dunes ORV Area
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
What: Join Yakima Kittitas Forest Watch Group and DNR as they clean up Beverly Dunes.
Bring: Gloves, lunch, and water.
Directions: Start on state Route 243 at Beverly. Go East on Crab Creed Road for 2 miles.
Contact: Mike Williams at 509-925-0973 or

Little Pend Oreille ORV Trail Clean-Up

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Mount Si parking reopens after search for skydiver called off

UPDATED: 9:57 A.M.

The parking lot at the Mount Si Trailhead has been reopened, the state Department of Natural Resources announced earlier this morning.

The lot is no longer being used by searchers after the search for the missing skydiver was called off over the weekend.

Here is the original post:

The state Department of Natural Resources has announced the Mount Si parking lot is closed until further notice. The parking area is being used by the King County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue efforts involving a missing skydiver.

The Mount Si area, located in eastern King County

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New mountain bike trail on Tiger Mountain opens Wednesday

The state Department of Natural Resources will opening the new East Tiger Summit Mountain Bike Trail in Tiger Mountain State Forest Wednesday.

The 1.4-mile trail is the first new mountain bike trail built on Tiger Mountain in 20 years. The department partnered with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance on the project. The trail was built by agency, alliance and Washington Conservation Corps crews, and volunteers who dedicated hundreds of hours to support the project.

The trail is scheduled to close for the season on Oct. 15. The actual closing may be adjusted based on trail conditions. The Tiger Summit Trailhead

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DNR closes part of Ahtanum State Forest, near Yakima, due to wildfire

The state Department of Natural Resources has just announced it is immediately closing Ahtanum Meadows, Ahtanum Campground and Whites Ridge Trailhead to assist with fire suppression efforts with the Diamond Butte fire.

The closures, on Ahtanum State Forest west of Yakima, are expected to last at least through the weekend. Access to the Middle Fork Road will be limited to authorized personnel only.

Dispersed recreation opportunities are allowed off the South Fork Road, Nasty Creek Road, North Fork Road, and Jackass Road. Campfires are prohibited.


DNR says state burn ban will take effect July 1

The State Department of Natural Resources will impose a statewide burn ban on all department-protected lands from July 1-Sept. 30. That includes all forest lands in Washington under DNR fire protection, but does not apply to federal lands.

The threat of wildfires from escaped outdoor burning is high during the summer months due to dry forest vegetation. Each year, DNR strives to keep all wildfires under 10 acres. Already this year, DNR has had 35 wildfire starts simply from escaped outdoor burn piles, which have burned approximately 434 acres.

“Wildfires are dangerous for people and property and result in large

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Seasonal biking trails at Tiger Mountain open Saturday

The state Department of Natural Resources has announced it plans to open the seasonal Tiger Mountain State Forest mountain bike trails Saturday. These trails provide mountain biking opportunities in the central Puget Sound area for bikers of all skill levels.

The openings include the Iverson Railroad Grade, Northwest Timber and Preston Railroad Grade trails.

Biker should be aware of potential isolated road closures.

During weekdays in April, several culvert installations may close the Main Tiger Mountain No. 4000 forest road and will likely delay recreationists traveling this road. During mid-summer, crews will be installing a vehicle bridge on the

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Indian Island County Park to close later in April for debris removal

The State Department of Natural Resources will lead the effort to remove an estimated 20 tons of creosote-treated wood debris today through April 12 at Indian Island County Park near Port Hadlock in eastern Jefferson County.

For public safety reasons, the park will be closed from April 10-12 while a helicopter and heavy equipment remove the debris gathered by crews.

In addition to DNR; also working on the project are Jefferson County Public Works, Parks and Recreation Department; state Department of Ecology; Washington Conservation Corps/Puget SoundCorps, and Washington State University Beach Watchers.

The creosote-treated wood debris contains hundreds of chemicals,

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State lifts burn ban early

The state Department of Natural Resources this morning announced the statewide burn ban has been lifted from DNR-protected lands, a move that comes earlier than anticipated. Heavy rainfall throughout the state in recent weeks has eased the summer fire danger and the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s September outlook calls for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

The agency urges continued caution with all potential fire sources, including tools, vehicles, camp stoves and other equipment and activities.

Current and expected conditions allow the agency to lift the statewide burn ban before i planned to do so on

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