Have a forest home in eastern Washington? Will it survive the next wildfire? Here’s help!
With summer quickly approaching you may be thinking of your summer vacation plans. Before you think about those plans ask yourself, ‘do I have a plan that will allow my house to survive the next wildfire?’
Large areas of eastern Washington forests are in an unhealthy condition due to overcrowding, drought and tree species prone to damage from insects, disease and wildfire. This means the odds are that your property is at an increased risk of being damage by wildfire and bark beetles.
If you want some advice on what steps to take to protect your home and forest from wildfire, insects and disease contact the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Eastern Washington Landowner Assistance Program. This program can provide you with professional advice and financial assistance to help you substantially reduce the risk of wildfire damage to your home and forest, and improve the health of your forest.
Get started today on helping your trees survive the next wildfire or bark beetle attack.
Apply online today at:
- DNR Cost Share application
- Or download and print an application from dnr.wa.gov , type “cost share” into search box;
- Or email: email@example.com;
- Or call the DNR Northeast Region office in Colville at (509) 684-7474 or the DNR Southeast Region office in Ellensburg at (509) 925-8510.
By Guy Gifford, land owner assistance forester and fire prevention and Firewise coordinator, Northeast Region, Washington State Department of Natural Resources; 509-990-6218