Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is a state agency led by the elected Commissioner of Public Lands, responsible for managing state owned lands.

Some important programs for ecosystem management include:

  • Aquatic Lands Habitat Conservation Program - which develops protective standards for the use of state-owned lands.
  • Natural Heritage Program - which studies and tracks rare vegetation
  • Natural Areas Program - which manages a set of state owned reserves.
  • Creosote Removal Program - which removes creosote soaked pilings and logs from beaches and embayments
  • Forest Practices - which regulates commercial forest harvest