Department of Natural Resources

Department of Natural Resources

Department of Natural Resources Headquarters
PO Box 47000
Olympia, Washington 98504-7001

Contact: Craig Partridge, Policy Director
Phone: (360) 902-1028
Fax: (360) 902-1775

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages more than five million acres of state-owned aquatic and uplands on properties to provide benefits for specific trust beneficiaries and the general public, including:

  • 2.1 million acres of aquatic lands, including Washington’s navigable lakes and rivers, the waters of Puget Sound, and ocean bays
  • 2.1 million acres of forest lands throughout the state
  • 1.2 million acres of dryland agriculture, orchards, vineyards, and irrigated agricultural and grazing lands (including 300,000 acres of grazeable forest lands)
  • Urban and commercial properties and transition lands
  • Natural resources conservation areas and natural area preserves

Diverse DNR-managed lands include:

  • High-altitude meadows
  • Waterfalls
  • San Juan Island sites
  • Old growth forests, working forests, and rainforests
  • Scenic viewpoints above Seattle and Bellevue
  • Open range lands in pine forests of south and eastern Washington
  • Harbors, marinas, and waterfronts
  • Spectacular views in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges
  • Orchards, vineyards, wheatlands, and wetlands
  • Rustic recreation sites
  • Interpretive areas
  • Americans with Disabilities-approved access areas

Important to Remember

DNR-managed natural resource lands are not parks. Roads on state lands are often unpaved and regularly traveled by logging trucks and other heavy equipment.


After the initial contact with the agency liaison, the film company works with regional offices for permits and fees for specific locations. Each filming project is reviewed individually for risk, liability, and environmental concerns, as well as compatibility with legal mandates and department policies.

Typically, costs to permit are $3,000 and above. DNR costs are high as they are dealing with trust lands, not public lands, so it is imperative that they cover their costs and do not deplete DNR trust income.

Regional Offices:

Northwest Region, Sedro Woolley
(360) 856-3500

Northeast Region, Colville
(509) 684-7474

Olympic Region, Forks
(360) 374-6131

South Puget Sound Region, Enumclaw
(360) 825-1631

Southeast Region, Ellensburg
(509) 925-8510

Pacific Cascade, Castle Rock
(360) 577-2025