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Weyerhaeuser Co. expanding forest fee access program

Weyerhaeuser Co. expanding forest fee access program | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

Starting this summer, hunters will have to pay to get onto much of Weyerhaeuser Co.’s St. Helens Tree Farm and the company’s land near the coast.


Weyerhaeuser is expanding a fee system it started in Lewis County last year to its 420,000 acres in the Longview area and its holdings east of Aberdeen.


An advantage for hunters is that they’ll be able to get onto Weyerhaeuser land every day the permit is valid. In the past, much of the land was open for motorized access only on weekends during major deer and elk seasons. But the cost of such access will range from $150 per family and up.


The fee access program is the latest development in gradual restrictions on public access to private timberlands in the region.
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“This is new to the Northwest,” [Weyerhaeuser spokesman Anthony] Chavez said. “We’ve been doing this in the Southeast for years.”
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The company will continue its policy of allowing the public to drive without a permit over Weyerhaeuser roads that provide the only access to public lands.

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Lyme airs plans for Schoodic property; biking, hiking trails, camping possible

Lyme airs plans for Schoodic property; biking, hiking trails, camping possible | Timberland Investment | Scoop.it

A Hanover, N.H.-based company that purchased 3,200 acres of forestland on the Schoodic Peninsula last year to help conserve it from development is drafting a plan for how the property might be used.

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According to a prepared statement released by the company, an unidentified philanthropic family foundation has purchased an interest in the “critical” property to ensure it is conserved, that there is permanent public access to it, and to help plan what sort of improvements might be made. The family foundation wishes to remain anonymous, according to the statement.

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Agreement will keep Molpus forest tracts open to hunters, snowmobilers - for now

Two Northland legislators say they’ve brokered a tentative agreement with Minnesota’s largest private landowner to maintain public access to the company’s land for hunters and snowmobilers through next spring.


In the wake of a change in Minnesota tax law for forested land, Mississippi-based Molpus Woodlands Group had put up “Keep Out” signs on access roads across much of the thousands of acres of land it owns in northern St. Louis County. The move came after the state Legislature cut a tax break the company received for conducting sustainable forestry and allowing public access from more than $2 million to $100,000.


Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, and Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said in a news release Thursday that they “have reached a tentative agreement with Molpus … that will provide for public access to Molpus land for the duration of 2012 and continuing through the close of the 2013 legislative session.”

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Molpus became owners of 286,000 acres of Minnesota forest in July when it purchased the land from Forest Capital Partners, which more than a decade ago had acquired the land holdings of Boise Cascade Co. Molpus is operated as a land investment company to return profits to investors from timber sales and other revenue off the land.

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