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.
“This is new to the Northwest,” [Weyerhaeuser spokesman Anthony] Chavez said. “We’ve been doing this in the Southeast for years.”
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.