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By John Kruse
For The Sentinel 

The Washington Outdoors Report: Franz has a lot on her plate


March 11, 2020


HANDS-ON TRAINING: Commissioner Hilary Franz, right, talks to participants during a training session.

This week I sat down with Hilary Franz, the Commissioner of Public Lands and head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, for a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from wildfires to geoducks to derelict vessels and outdoor recreation. Here are some of the highlights:

WILDFIRE PREVENTION: This year Commissioner Franz introduced a plan to establish a 63-million-dollar Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness Account. Franz stated our state faces a "Wildfire Crisis", pointing out in 2018 we had the most wildfires in state history (1850). Franz also said, "In the last ten years 3.5 million acres of land has burned in Washington State."

Commissioner Franz points out we are alrea...

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