Maps, wood and more maps… A look at our top blogs from November

Snoqualmie Bog NAP
The DNR-managed Snoqualmie Bog Natural Area Preserve protects a sphagnum moss bog and freshwater wetland system that is now extremely rare in the Puget Sound basin. This site is not ADA accessible and has no public facilities. Photo: Joe Rocchio/DNR.

DNR maps of trust lands, and information about firewood-cutting and finding Christmas trees seemed foremost on the minds of visitors to Ear to the Ground last month. Here are the most popular postings on our blog during November:

No need to burn outdoors; there are better options: Outdoor burning is a leading cause of wildfires. Fortunately there are easy and practical alternatives to burning woody debris, such as chipping and composting.

Top 5 reasons to download the new Capitol State Forest map onto your smartphone: The 2013 Capitol State Forest map has been developed to easily download for free to your smartphone or tablet.

No, we don’t have any Christmas trees for you to cut (but we know where to find them): The many lovely trees in the state trust forests that DNR manages are intended to provide revenue to public schools and other state trust land beneficiaries. Fortunately, there are private growers and federal lands where you can legally cut your own Christmas tree for a small fee.

Cutting firewood on DNR-managed state trust lands: We allow firewood cutting when a trust land timber harvest area has enough leftover down wood or slash to make it worthwhile for you. See our woodcutting permit web page or check with the U.S. Forest Service district office nearest you.


Pre-commercial thinning of tree stands… like a haircut but on a much larger scale: Pre-commercial thinning is the selective removal of some trees, primarily to improve the growth rate or health of the remaining trees.

Step aside Hollywood! DNR publishes geologic maps in ’3D’: DNR offers a small-but-growing selection of geologic maps with 3D capabilities. View our tutorial on how to use this new option on the DNR Subsurface Geology webpage.

A boost for public access to the Olympic Peninsula’s Discovery Trail: A recently completed 14,000-acre land exchange — the Foothills Exchange — between DNR and a private timber company brings a more sections of the popular Olympic Discovery Trail route under public ownership

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