WA Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz tests positive for COVID-19
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, announced via social media that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined as a result.
Franz, who is tasked with managing the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), says she received the result through an at-home test and will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I am thankful to be fully vaccinated, boosted and experiencing only mild symptoms,” Franz said in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. “I encourage everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly.”
Franz is responsible for managing 6 million acres of public land and its wildlife ranging from the vast woodlands of the Pacific Northwest to the Pacific coast along the western border of the state.
Since taking public office in 2014, Franz has secured over $500 million worth of investments from the Washington state legislature to restore woodlands and combat the wildfires that ravage the state each summer.
According to the DNR’s website, Franz is a third-generation agriculturalist who has raised her children on a farm. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University Law School in Boston.
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