WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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October 08, 1998
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408 or Rolf Johnson, (360) 902-2519

Rains lift access restrictions on some lands

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.