Weyco Access Permits Going On Sale; Some Now Double Original Fee
The price for drive-in hunting access to two popular Southwest Washington tree farms this fall has now doubled since a timber giant began its fee program in them.
The 800 motorized permits available starting next week for Weyerhaeuser’s Vail Tree Farm are $300 this year, as are the 3,000 for the Longview-St. Helens Tree Farm and set to go on sale in early June.
Those were originally offered at $150 when the fee program began just a few years ago.
To the disappointment of Evergreen State wildlife managers, many hunters and later even some brave politicians, in 2013 the company began requiring hunters and others to buy permits to Vail and another nearby tree farm, then expanded the program to other Washington and Oregon properties in 2014, and last year folded the former Longview Timberlands it bought along the Lower Columbia, in Northwest Oregon, along Highway 2 and in the North Sound.
This year’s most expensive permit is the Coos Bay-Millicoma Tree Farm, set at $350 for motorized access to over 173,000 acres.
In general, permits are good for a year and many include camping and allow some gathering of firewood.
Generally, walk-in permits are $50, except those in Northwest Oregon, which run $75.
Permit sales for some of Weyerhauser lands in Oregon began yesterday, with passes to ground elsewhere available in the coming days and weeks. For more, see the company’s recreation website.
Originally published at nwsportsmanmag.com on May 19, 2016.