COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Weyerhaeuser Company today announced effective immediately that all of its lands in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Missoula, Sanders and Ravalli counties in western Montana have been reopened to public access. However, I have no connections with Weyerhaeuser other than that. As a result, Weyerhaeuser elected to continue to charge for access in 2014, with minor changes to the program. But free is not always an option and it is not easy to come by. In 2015 Weyerhaeuser is listed as a program participant. Not about revenue, just being a corporate bully. A recreational fee access permit program went into place, as it had successfully been in operation for decades in Weyerhauser’s southern timberlands. A lot of Weyerhaeuser's land was bought in the late 80s in huge blocks. As soon as they bought some Plum Creek land we were hunting, they came in and leveled it. Since the number of people accessing their land was dramatically curtailed, they very likely experienced fewer problems with garbage dumping, vandalism, etc. This will reduce the maintenance requirements for the roads on the tree farms, help keep significant portions of the tree farms from becoming a “zoo“ during hunting season, and still preserve the quality of hunting available for motorized permit holders. By reducing the area where the banned activities are most likely to occur, this will help make the land easier to police for existing Weyerhaeuser security. Not only does the future of all these private lands that hold our wildlife need to be monitored by our state, the private timber companies need to be held responsible for the devastation of our wildlife. Listed in: Land Leasing Faced with these issues, Weyerhaeuser decided to go with a “pay for use” program to help reduce the prevalence of the aforementioned problems and offset the costs associated with repairing/cleaning up them up. Weyerhaeuser cited problems with people dumping trash, poaching game, illegally cutting trees and vandalizing equipment as reasons for instituting the access permit system. I use to look forward in hunting every year and has been my passion for life. hunting license and tag this make the animal worth about a $1.000 or even more. As long as the public has access to their land, there will be a small number of people who cause problems by dumping trash, target shooting, vandalizing trees and equipment and generally ruining things for the rest of us. Many hunters who lived near the tree farm and who had hunted there for years suddenly found that they were locked out of their favorite hunting areas. There has been a noticeable increase in price since the program piloted in 2013, leaving some hunters questioning the future use of Vail, as well as the hit to their wallets. If Weyerhaeuser and the rest of the timber companies are not willing to do this I do not feel they should get any tax breaks. At the same time, having all those extra eyes in the woods would increase the effectiveness of existing Weyerhaeuser, local police, and game warden patrols on the tree farms. The program can come in handy for hunters who are hunting Weyerhauser land. This money also pays so much per acre to the land owner for acreage that is open with free access. Nicely said, Really ticks me off that it’s becoming a money sport now and not what it should be. Every tree that is cut down without permission, that is used for target practice, or is damaged or defaced in some other way is a loss of money. Though their exact policies vary from state to state, Weyerhaeuser offers some sort of public access for recreational purposes for most of their land. Each year, some prospective hunters never really join the sport and many veteran hunters quit because they don’t have access to a good place to hunt. I have lived in Grays Harbor my entire life started hunting with my father at the age around eleven and was taught to respect the land and the animals we hunted. I understand that the problem set that the Inland Empire Paper Company faces in Eastern Washington is slightly different than the one Weyerhaeuser is dealing with on the other side of the state. Private Lands Hunting Access. And even then, finding roads and mapping a route can be tricky. IMHO, Weherhauser is just being controlling because they can and care non for anyone that wish’s to live off the land. It was fun, but we had over 5,000 acres and made sure that our dogs stayed on the club. The vehicle permit mailed along with the key must be placed on the rear view mirror while on Weyerhauser property, and access is only valid from one-and-a-half hours before sunrise to one-and-a-half hours after sunset all seven days of the week. Well if we cant vote on this . By selling 800 Vail Access Permits at $200 each, Weyerhaeuser generated $160,000 in revenue, or about $1 per acre of the Vail Tree Farm. However, the company has a lot to lose if they lose some of their tax breaks and things could really get ugly if that happens. Understandably, there is considerable outrage being directed at Weyerhaeuser by sportsmen right now. At least from where I stand, people aren’t so much upset about having to buy an access permit as they are upset about the cost and the extremely limited number of permits available. Afetr hunting the St. Helens tree for (14) yrears off the 6000 line and now looking for a place in NW oregon, I am about to say enough of the corporate greed and just to to water foul only. Some areas of the land are not accessible by road, and there are some areas marked non-motorized access. However, it still shows that the restriction of access to Weyerhaeuser land corresponded with an uptick in hunter success in that area. You’re exactly right Monte. Charging access is fine with me, but the way there doing it is wrong. The ban will remain in effect until further notice. Snt Helens Tree farm for over forty years and never saw elk with hoof rot until the spraying of UREA. Weyerhaeuser Company (/ ˈ w ɛər h aʊ z ə r /) is an American timberland company which owns nearly 12,400,000 acres (19,400 sq mi; 50,000 km 2) of timberlands in the U.S. and manages an additional 14,000,000 acres (22,000 sq mi; 57,000 km 2) timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. and processing of the game animal. Mi-HUNT Interactive Map. When purchasing a permit, permit holders either receive a key or the combination to the lock on all gates in their area, which change yearly. We as responsible stake holders should all insure that Weyerhaeuser is not reaping benefits they donot deserve and defitely are no longer earning. They are selling 3100 permits at $300 for motorized access for the 2017 season on the Longview St Helens Tree Farm! All gates will have some sort of surveillance (even something as simple and inexpensive as a trail camera) to ensure that everyone closes the gate behind them and identify anyone who leaves the gate open, cuts the lock, or bypasses the gate on an ATV. Weyerhaeuser is one of the largest timber companies in the United States and owns or controls over 6 million acres (over 9,300 square miles) of forest. Weyco still gets the tax break, but no longer has to offer a public benefit. Almost immediately, howls of outrage erupted from the members of the public, particularly hunters, who used to enjoy access to the Vail tree farm, but were unwilling or unable to obtain a permit in 2013. It may be because I don’t live in that part of the state, but I haven’t heard much complaining about access permits on IEPCO land. Weyerhaeuser has posted information about significant changes to its largely unpopular fee access system for the region. Regardless of what the public thought, Weyerhaeuser stuck to their new policy and refused to issue any additional permits beyond the original batch of 650. Much of the land accessible to the hunting community in Lewis County is owned by Weyerhauser and it is only available for a permit or lease fee. You must carry the Recreation Access Single Page Permit with you in the Permit Area AND place the Vehicle Placard on your dash on the driver's side so it is readable from the outside when parked outside the Permit Area. The thick green timber, dense fog and the old logging roads through Vail are quite a beautiful sight on an early fall morning. I agree on your ideas. and now feel it has been taken from me. If demand is still too high, then they should distribute the motorized permits using a lottery system instead of the “first come, first served” system they’ve used the last two years. The number of elk hunters dropped from 1,083 to 1,071 and the number of bear hunters decreased from 455 to 399. not worth the time anymore. when the PNW was opened up it was blocked out to prevent just this type of land Barron grabbing of land like back east. The 6 month course will held on Mondays from 9:00AM – to noon. Weyerhauser a well-known timber company across the Pacific Northwest owning over 1 million acres of forest land throughout Washington State alone. Non-motorized access for the rest of the year remained free and did not require a permit. OR-Gate Ck lease is located only 2.2 miles from McKenzie Hwy 126 off N Gate Creek Road in Vida (24 miles east of Springfield). Prior to 2013, Weyerhauser allowed free access to this land, but due to an increase in vandalism and abuse, something had to be done to protect this treasure. However, these access permits make the problem of finding land to hunt on even more challenging for poor hunters. Just a heads up, before any of you lease land from Weyerhaeuser, try and find out if and when they will be cutting any timber on it. The purpose of a fee would be to basically cover the cost of administering the permit system and the costs of maintaining the infrastructure on their tree farms used by the public. What's Huntable HereAll Species ... Feel Free to Hunt includes access to private lands where WDFW has a management agreement with the owner to provide public access for hunting. Gate it all, protect it, I will be happy to walk or bike in. When the web site finally started working, all 800 permits sold out in less than 4 minutes. However, they don’t need to do it all on their own. I do realize that this is an imperfect solution. All materials are located in your Permit Account. Rayonier is doing the same thing and it turns there designated forest land status tax code into a private resort and should be classified for removal-change in status under WAC 458-30-700 chapter 84.33 RCW. For this reason, simply restoring unlimited access is not the answer. Key holders are only allowed to bring their spouses, children and grandchildren who fall under the age of 18 as of August 1, 2016. “People can hunt there they just need to make sure to look at Weyerhaeuser’s rules that are listed in the news release. For one thing, there are significantly more people looking for access on Weyerhaeuser land. No matter the forecast, though,... Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to this problem. Our grouse populations in the Mnt. then we sure can partition this! I've seen a lot of cutting going on lately. This basically makes hunting not an option for me anymore, especially with the increase the state is also doing on hunting tags and licensing. Nicely written! You can have all the hunting gear in the world and it ain’t worth a dime if you don’t have a place to hunt. I know that Soterra sometimes buys smaller pieces of property slowly with the belief that they will be able to get all in an area soon. A lot of people are predicting that since demand for access permits is so high and since Weyerhaeuser is stating that they will not issue more than 800 Vail access permits, Weyerhaeuser will continue to increase the cost of permits until demand drops off. The whole point of tree farms is to produce and harvest lumber. We need to talk to our county commissioners and state legislators and get them to change there tax breaks! Aggregates We work independently and with industry partners to explore, evaluate and lease a variety of mineral commodities – including construction materials – on our more than 11 million acres in the United States. I live in Nemah, Wa – an area that was once owned by Weyerhaeuser, but sold to Hancock. In light of fast-developing speculation across the state, Southern Pine Plantations can confirm that we have entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Weyerhaeuser for its … One of the more popular tree farms in Lewis County on Weyerhauser land is Vail. However, I do have a problem with them charging me a lot of money for a permit, then still paying a significantly reduced tax on their land. The Inland Empire Paper Company sells access permits for their tree farm near Spokane for $65 per family with no cap on the number sold per year. Of those lands, the block management agreement allows public access to 709,927 acres in this corner of the state and 59,777 acres near Missoula. Weyerhaeuser-Cathlamet (850) Land Access Information. If you were lucky enough to snag one of the 800 recreational permit keys, you might just see what I am talking about. Does anybody know anything about this land? Additionally, the limited number of motorized permits will help keep the number of people driving on the tree farms down to a manageable level. Purchasing the recreational permit opens up 160,000 acres that only 800 hunters have been given access to this season. However, if regular people are put in a position where they have an incentive to take ownership of the rules in the tree farms, then they can prove to be a powerful asset. At the same time, this policy will still allow regular people access to Weyerhaeuser land at a reasonable cost and access public land for free. With more than half of the state's land in private ownership, WDFW forges agreements with private landowners to open their land to hunting. If this were truly the case, why then are many of their properties open after hunting seasons with free access. those of us that are not the chosen ones and are unable to obtain a land pass because they are gone before we can even get into the website are being denied our wrights as Americans they need to take a long hard look at what is going on here they don’t own the game that lives on the land with thing going in this direction our up coming outdoors persons are being denied we all are getting America taken away from us. I know that gates are usually left open on the Vail Tree Farm when logging is actively occurring in an area. food. You will need to reprint your recreation access … They may end up making a small profit off the program, but in no way does it offset the absolute thrashing Weyerhaeuser is taking in public opinion right now. If they want to keep their tax breaks, then they have two choices: provide no access to the public at all or provide access to the public in a reasonable manner. Whether that is in the form of mass boycotts of their products, changing of tax laws unfavorable to the company, or some other, unforeseen event, things could get really ugly for them financially. Many of you who like to hunt on state lands have been asking for a better map showing just where on DNR-managed lands you’ll need a Discover Pass.. We’re happy to announce that we just posted a new and improved interactive map on our website that should help you out. GoHunt web application developed by WSDFW is a great tool. In addition, permit holders will be able to enjoy a quality outdoor experience, while our employees continue to work and the forest remains protected.”. True to form, in 2015 and 2016, the price of Weyerhaeuser access permits for the Vail tree farm increased yet again to $250 and $300 respectively. 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