according to information posted on the company’s website. Starting August 1, a permit will be required for the majority of access, motorized and non-motorized, in the Pe Ell/Aberdeen Operating Areas of Weyerhaeuser lands.
From now until July 31, the Doty block of the Pe Ell zone is open for recreational access. The Lincoln Creek, Bunker Creek block is open for the spring black bear season, for those who have the special permit. The rest of the Pe Ell zone is open only for non-motorized vehicles in areas where logging is not currently taking place – if a gate is open, Weyerhaeuser is working there and public access is not allowed.
On June 18, permits for the Pe Ell tree farm will go on sale at 6:00 PM. Permits for two areas are being sold this year, Pe Ell North and Pe Ell South. The northern zone covers 105,530 acres in the area north of HWY 6, including Bunker Creek, Doty, Coyote Crest, Brooklyn and Wilson Creek. 550 permits will be sold for $200 each. The southern area covers land south of HWY 6 – Stillman, Upper Chehalis, Forks Creek and Trap Creek, 98,254 acres total. 500 permits will be sold for $250.
These access permits are valid during hunting season, from August 1 to approximately January 31, and they also allow each holder two cords of firewood.
Access permits will go on sale for the Aberdeen Weyerhaeuser tree farm on June 19 at 6:00 PM. Free, walk-in access will still be allowed in the Lower Donovan area (7,100 acres) and North Elma area (9,916 acres) after August 1.
General year-round permits will allow access to 126,640 acres, almost the entire Aberdeen tree farm excluding: North Elma/Lower Donovan non-motorized areas; North River lease area; and the special permit areas from August 1–January 31. 8000 of these permits will be sold for $75 each.
Enhanced permits will be sold for the Upper Donovan area (8,645 acres, 45 permits issued for $200), Satsop area (35,561 acres, 175 permits for $200), and the Artic area (16,550 acres, 90 permits at $250).
Find more information on the 2014 Weyerhaeuser access permits, visit www.WY.com/AccessWA.