July’s top posts: Discover Pass, moon tree, illegal dumping among most popular stories

Here are the top Ear to the Ground blog postings that you and others read in July: 

discover pass

Where do you need a Discover Pass to recreate on DNR-managed lands? 
To help you discover where you’ll need a Discover Pass on DNR-managed lands, we have posted four PDF maps on our website at www.dnr.wa.gov/recreation. One map shows Discover Pass-required areas for the entire state. The other three are divided into sections: northwest, northeast, and southwest. Read more…  

Capitol State Forest siteInstant ugly: Illegal dumping is a BIG problem, costs you money 
Our not-so-slick attempt at humor to dramatize the illegal dumping problem on state trust lands got no love from the public last month. A trick photograph (placing the object close to the camera with a man standing several yards in the background) was panned in comments to DNR’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Read more…

Washington State’s ‘moon tree’ growing tall
While Space Shuttle Atlantis is on the final mission of the NASA shuttle program, we have a tall piece of space history to gaze upon each day right here in Olympia. It’s a “moon tree.” Planted in 1976, Washington State’s Douglas-fir (“moon tree”), Pseudotsuga Menziesii, was one of dozens of tree seedlings transported into moon orbit during Apollo moon missions between 1969 and 1972. Each of the 50 states received seedlings, and many of these trees are still thriving today, including the majestic one that graces Capitol Way in Olympia. Read more…


Wayne Fitzwater

Award-winning forester makes a difference to children, possibly creating future foresters 
Wayne Fitzwater is one of the many DNR employees who go out of their way to make a positive impact on our children’s future. They can open a child’s eyes to the natural world around us and offer a glimpse of the opportunities ahead in natural resources professions. Read more…

Peter Goldmark and Aaron SchmidtDNR workers honored for going the extra mile to help
Two DNR employees made exemplary efforts to aid motorists injured in an auto accident and a co-worker injured in a fall on a snowy mountain slope. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark presented DNR Employee of the Quarter awards recently to Aaron Schmidt and Calvin Ohlson-Kiehn. Read more…

campfireCan you have a campfire in Washington State or not?
With a summer-long, statewide burn ban in effect for all DNR-protected lands (more than 12 million acres of state and private land), we run down the rules for safely and legally building recreational fires.  Read more…

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