Fire safety, bears, and other stories: Most popular Ear to the Ground posts in June

Here are the top five Ear to the Ground blog postings that you and others clicked on during June:

Think Arizona wildfires are far away? Think again!
Strong winds keep pushing the Arizona wildfires toward more homes, causing thousands to evacuate. Now that we have your attention: this is the perfect time to protect your home from wildfire before the summer dry season takes hold here in Washington state.

Bears vs. campsite; Bears win again
It’s camping season. Whether you are at a designated campground or picnic area (see what recreation sites are open on DNR-managed state trust lands) or enjoying dispersed recreation on state trust lands, please be bear-wise. Use common sense when you are in bear country.

DNR, other agencies crack down on underage drinking in state forest
Officers from DNR Law Enforcement Service, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol combined efforts Saturday evening to crack down on underaged drinking in Capitol State Forest. Several people were taken into custody.

Low-risk offenders have eyes on the trees; future arborists in the making
Residents of the minimum security Cedar Creek Corrections Center in Capitol State Forest were given the opportunity to learn how to manage and care for trees through an arboriculture workshop. The workshop provided an overview of a career option available to offenders when they are released from their sentences. 

Discover PassDiscover Pass goes on sale statewide
Beginning July 1, the pass is required year round for motor-vehicle access to state parks, boat launches, trails, campgrounds, heritage sites, and wildlife and natural areas managed by DNR, Washington State Parks, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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