OLYMPIA -- Hunters are benefitting from wetter weather, which has prompted
some landowners to lift access restrictions recently imposed because of fire danger.
The Weyerhaeuser Co. is lifting some access restrictions on the Vail Tree Farm,
where walk-in hunting will be allowed. There still is a restriction on motorized vehicles,
campfires and smoking.
In the Cosmopolis area, access gates have been opened at the Twin Harbors
Tree Farm, and are expected to remain open until the end of hunting season.
In the Pe Ell vicinity, walk-in hunting is allowed and access gates will open
Friday (Oct. 9). Much of the St. Helens Tree Farm also is open, but roads in the
southern portion of the tree farm remain closed due to garbage dumping and vandalism
problems. Hunting is not allowed in active logging areas, but areas such as the North
and South Toutle and Green River drainages are open.
Some lands owned by the Champion International Corp. are open, including
areas near Riffe Lake in Lewis County. In addition, access roads on company lands in
the Winston and Cispus areas have been opened.
Simpson Timber Co. lands in the Shelton area are being opened. The company
has posted green signs on roads open for recreational use. In areas where gates still
are in place, hunters may walk in to hunt.
Fire danger remains high, so hunters are reminded to use extreme caution when
hunting. Smoking outside vehicles still is prohibited. For specific information on a
particular area, contact the local tree farm office. Fires should be reported to the
Washington Department of Natural Resources
at (800) 562-6010 or (360) 577-2025.