About

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is led by Hilary Franz, Washington’s 14th Commissioner of Public Lands. In addition to leading DNR and its 1,500 employees, Hilary oversees the management of 5.6 million acres of state-owned lands, supervises DNR’s wildfire protection on 13 million acres of state and private forest lands, and chairs the state’s Board of Natural Resources and Forest Practices Board.

 

Each year, the forest, range, agricultural, aquatic, and commercial lands under DNR’s management generate some $350 million in revenues, much of it to support public schools, state institutions, and county services. DNR also manages these lands to provide fish and wildlife habitat, sources of clean and abundant water, and public access to outdoor recreation.