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Department of Natural Resources

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 1,420.5 165,914 419,165 585,079
2021-23 Maintenance Level 1,422.5 140,329 451,075 591,404
Difference from 2019-21 2.0 (25,585) 31,910 6,325
% Change from 2019-21 0.14% (15.4%) 7.6% 1.1%

2021-23 Policy Other Changes

Zooplankton Monitoring 0.0 0 (280) (280)
Aerial Application of Herbicides 1.0 0 569 569
Aggregate Mapping and Planning 2.0 614 0 614
Adaptive Management Program 0.0 (3,714) 4,389 675
Columbia Basin Climate Resilience 4.5 1,704 0 1,704
WCMAC Operating Shift 0.0 0 (270) (270)
State Data Center Migration 0.0 167 452 619
Forest Fire Protecton Assessment 0.0 0 1,104 1,104
Forest Lands Management 0.0 0 (1,200) (1,200)
Facilities Maintenance 0.0 1,000 0 1,000
NaturE Revenue and Leasing System 1.5 591 2,213 2,804
Adjust to Available Revenue 0.0 0 (20,168) (20,168)
Off-Road Vehicles Account 0.0 0 (1,265) (1,265)
Surveys and Maps Account 0.0 0 (449) (449)
Urban & Community Forestry Program 4.3 2,072 0 2,072
2021-23 Policy Other Changes Total 13.3 2,434 (14,905) (12,471)

2021-23 Policy Comp Changes

Pension Adjustments, nonrate 0.0 49 136 185
State Employee Benefits 0.0 (22) (54) (76)
WFSE General Government 0.0 (936) (2,674) (3,610)
Temporary Layoffs and Other Savings 0.0 (1,750) (4,799) (6,549)
Rep Employee Health Benefits 0.0 (109) (300) (409)
Non-Rep General Wage Increase 0.0 (408) (1,676) (2,084)
2021-23 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 (3,176) (9,367) (12,543)

2021-23 Policy Central Services Changes

Archives/Records Management 0.0 5 12 17
Audit Services 0.0 (3) (6) (9)
Legal Services 0.0 (100) (395) (495)
CTS Central Services 0.0 94 286 380
DES Central Services 0.0 89 230 319
OFM Central Services 0.0 732 1,631 2,363
Self-Insurance Liability Premium 0.0 711 2,135 2,846
2021-23 Policy Central Services Changes Total 0.0 1,528 3,893 5,421
Total Policy Changes 13.3 786 (20,379) (19,593)
2021-23 Policy Level 1,435.8 141,115 430,696 571,811
Difference from 2019-21 15.3 (24,799) 11,531 (13,268)
% Change from 2019-21 1.1% (14.9%) 2.8% (2.3%)

Policy Changes

Zooplankton Monitoring

Funding is shifted to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for zooplankton monitoring to reduce administrative costs. This funding was previously passed through to WDFW. (Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account - State)

Aerial Application of Herbicides

The Aerial Herbicide Application Working Group was convened by the Legislature in 2019 to review best management practices of aerial application of herbicides on forestlands. This item provides funding to implement three of the group's recommendations including research on alternatives to chemicals for control of unwanted competing vegetation; compliance monitoring of aerial application of herbicides; and a pesticide board manual update. (Model Toxics Control Operating Acct - State, General Fund - State)

Aggregate Mapping and Planning

Counties are required to base their land use decisions related to mineral resources on geologic information provided by the Department of Natural Resources. County aggregate resource maps are a critical decision-making tool, and these maps and additional outreach help counties, cities, and agencies in their planning efforts. Funding is provided for the department to produce county-based aggregate resource maps to assist counties in making sound land use decisions. (General Fund - State)

Adaptive Management Program

Funding is provided for the forest practices adaptive management program, a foundation of the Forest and Fish Act. This program conducts scientific research according to the master project schedule and work plan of cooperative monitoring, evaluation, and research priorities adopted by the Forest Practices Board. This research is used to revise forest practices rules to improve water quality and protect species. (Resource Management Cost Account - State, Forest and Fish Support Account - State, Model Toxics Control Operating Acct - State, other funds)

Columbia Basin Climate Resilience

Opportunities exist to mitigate the long-term effects of climate change in the Columbia Basin and strengthen rural economies through research in geothermal and groundwater resources. Funding is provided for geologic research to increase understanding of the geology and hydrology in the Columbia Basin to support the development of geothermal-potential maps and to improve water availability data and groundwater identification models. (General Fund - State)

WCMAC Operating Shift

The ongoing costs of facilitating operations and meetings of the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council (WCMAC) are shifted from the Department of Natural Resources to the Department of Ecology. (Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account - State)

State Data Center Migration

The Department of Natural Resources is required by Office of the Chief Information Officer Policy 184 and RCW 43.105.375 to move its data center currently located in the Natural Resources Building to the State Data Center. Funding is provided for the relocation of the agency's data center and for increased ongoing monthly costs. (General Fund - State, Forest Development Account - State, Resource Management Cost Account - State, other funds)

Forest Fire Protecton Assessment

The Forest Fire Protection Assessment Account is used for forest fire preparedness and prevention activities in areas not covered by other fire protection services. Fire preparedness activities are reduced to balance to forecasted revenue. (Forest Fire Protection Assessment - Non-Appropriated, Forest Fire Protection Assessment - State)

Forest Lands Management

The department manages 618,000 acres of state forest lands to benefit 21 counties and their junior taxing districts across the state. Activities such as reforestation, fertilization and precommercial thinning are reduced to align with forecasted revenues. (Forest Development Account - State)

Facilities Maintenance

The Department of Natural Resources has seen a decline in regional facility conditions, with a majority not meeting requirements for effective cyclic maintenance, or in many cases, not meeting legal or regulatory maintenance requirements. Funding is provided for cyclic and routine facility maintenance of sites and facilities throughout the agency's six regions. (General Fund - State)

NaturE Revenue and Leasing System

NaturE, the Department of Natural Resources' revenue and leasing administration system, is unable to function without the core financial and accounts receivable portion, which will be replaced by One Washington by June 2022. The system allows for the management of the agency's 25,000 active leases/contracts that bring in more than $300 million in revenue annually. Funding is provided to replace the current system's real estate/land asset contract administration portion to allow for operational functionality and to integrate with the new One Washington system. (Forest Development Account - State, Resource Management Cost Account - State, General Fund - State, other funds)

Adjust to Available Revenue

The department manages 2.2 million acres of state trust lands to benefit schools, universities and state institutions. Ongoing funding for the Resource Management Cost Account, which is used for management activities on these lands, is adjusted to align with available revenue. Activities such as reforestation, fertilization, and precommercial thinning will be reduced. (Resource Management Cost Account - State)

Off-Road Vehicles Account

The agency manages over 1,100 miles of trails, many of which are used by off-road vehicles. Off-road Vehicle and Nonhighway Vehicle Account revenue is used to increase outreach and volunteer efforts, maintain recreational facilities and trails, and reduce the maintenance backlog for trails used by off-road vehicles and other users. Funding is adjusted to balance program expenditures with the account's statutory revenue distributions. (ORV & Nonhighway Account - State, General Fund - State)

Surveys and Maps Account

The Surveys and Maps Account provides funds for the department to administer survey standards and publish maps and survey records. Revenue in the account comes from fees collected by counties when a new survey is recorded with the auditor. Expenditures are reduced to meet projected revenue in the 2021-23 biennium. (Surveys and Maps Account - State)

Urban & Community Forestry Program

Washington's urban forests are vital in mitigating climate change, supporting health and well-being, and contributing to local economies through improved air quality, efficient energy usage and reduced heat effect. Discontinued federal grant funding is replaced with ongoing state funding, providing critical capacity to the agency's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Additional funding is provided to implement agency request legislation updating the Evergreen Communities Act. Increased funding will target areas with higher health disparities and lower existing tree canopy, providing local governments with technical, educational and financial assistance to help protect urban forests. (General Fund - State)

Pension Adjustments, nonrate

This funds the potential impact of Department of Retirement Systems request legislation on pension service credit and benefit calculation. It will prevent budget reductions such as temporary layoffs from negatively affecting employee retirement benefits. (Forest Development Account - State, Resource Management Cost Account - State, General Fund - State, other funds)

State Employee Benefits

Health insurance funding is provided for state employees who are not represented by a union, who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination, or who are not part of the coalition of unions for health benefits. The insurance funding rate is $988 per employee per month for fiscal year 2022 and $1,018 per employee per month for fiscal year 2023. (State Forest Nursery Revolving Acct - Non-Appropriated, Park Land Trust Revolving Account - Non-Appropriated, Agricultural College Trust Manage - State, other funds)

WFSE General Government

This adjustment reflects the impact of the 2021-23 collective bargaining agreement. (General Fund - Private/Local, General Fund - Local, NOVA Program Account - State, other funds)

Temporary Layoffs and Other Savings

This item reflects savings achieved from temporary layoffs or similar actions. (NOVA Program Account - State, General Fund - Local, General Fund - Private/Local, other funds)

Rep Employee Health Benefits

This provides health insurance funding for the master agreement for employee benefits as part of a coalition of unions. The insurance funding rate is $988 per employee per month for fiscal year 2022 and $1,018 per employee per month for fiscal year 2023. (General Fund - Local, NOVA Program Account - State, General Fund - Private/Local, other funds)

Non-Rep General Wage Increase

This reflects savings from the cancellation of the July 1, 2020 general wage increase for some non-represented, non-classified employees. (NOVA Program Account - State, General Fund - Private/Local, Air Pollution Control Account - State, other funds)

Archives/Records Management

Adjustments are made for each agency’s anticipated share of charges for archives and records management services provided by the Secretary of State’s Office. (General Fund - State, Forest Development Account - State, Resource Management Cost Account - State, other funds)

Audit Services

Adjustments are made for each agency’s anticipated cost of audits performed by the State Auditor’s Office. (Access Road Revolving Account - Non-Appropriated, Forest Development Account - State, Forest Fire Protection Assessment - Non-Appropriated, other funds)

Legal Services

Adjustments are made for each agency’s anticipated cost of legal services provided by the Attorney General’s Office. Because legal services expenditures are based on consumption, funding provided in the central service model is not all inclusive. (State Forest Nursery Revolving Acct - Non-Appropriated, Derelict Vessel Removal Account - State, Forest Health Revolving Account - Non-Appropriated, other funds)

CTS Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges for Microsoft 365 G5 licenses contracted for state agencies by the Consolidated Technology Services agency. This contract allows the state to achieve economies of scale and administrative efficiencies in the management of licenses. (Forest Development Account - State, Resource Management Cost Account - State, General Fund - State, other funds)

DES Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for campus rent, utilities, parking, and contracts; capital project surcharges; financing cost recovery; public and historic facilities; real estate services; risk management services; personnel service rates; the Perry Street child care center; small agency services; and the department’s enterprise applications. (Resource Management Cost Account - State, Forest Development Account - State, General Fund - State, other funds)

OFM Central Services

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency’s anticipated share of charges for existing statewide financial applications, One Washington, and other central services provided by the Office of Financial Management. (General Fund - State, Forest Development Account - State, Resource Management Cost Account - State, other funds)

Self-Insurance Liability Premium

Adjustments are made to reflect each agency's share of actuarily projected costs of the Self-Insurance Liability Account. This includes adjustments to existing funding levels as well as enhancements for anticipated liabilities in the 2021-23 biennium. (Forest Development Account - State, General Fund - State, Resource Management Cost Account - State, other funds)