Green Diamond Resource Company officials announced plans to implement a Recreation Access Permit program on 23,000 acres of working forest land in Mason County, Wash. The pilot program will start January 1, 2014. Permits will go on sale December 2, 2013.
Green Diamond will offer up to 180 motorized Recreation Access Permits to enter the Cloquallum/Goldsborough area of its ownership during 2014. Motorized permits, at a cost of $250 annually, will allow permit holders, legally married spouses and children under 18 to enter the recreation area with their vehicle. Non-motorized permits, at an annual cost of $125 for a family or $75 for an individual, will allow holders to park outside the recreational area and walk, bicycle or ride a horse inside the locked area. The area will closed to non-permit holders and security will be employed to enforce the limited access.
Public Affairs Manager Patti Case explained the reasons for implementing the program: “As the population grows in Western Washington and other private and public landowners pursue fee programs, Green Diamond has seen increased use of its lands for recreation, to the point where some areas are suffering from effects of overuse,” she said. “Green Diamond is launching this as a pilot program to offer higher quality recreation experiences for a smaller number of users, while making investments towards protecting our lands and enhancing recreation opportunities.”
Other areas of Green Diamond ownership in Mason and Grays Harbor County will continue to be managed under Green Diamond’s current public access policy, allowing for year-round non-motorized access. During recognized hunting seasons some gates on other Green Diamond property will be opened and green dots placed on signs, indicating the area is open for motorized vehicles. “Depending on the success of the pilot program in 2014, we may expand the program in future years,” stated Case.
More information on Green Diamond’s Recreation Access Permit program, including maps and frequently asked questions, will be available via mail, phone or on the web starting on November 18 at:
Green Diamond Resource Company
PO Box 9001
Shelton, WA 98584
Permit applications will be available starting December 2, 2013 on the website or at Green Diamond’s offices, 215 North Third, Shelton, WA 98584, during business hours, 8-12 and 1-4 Monday through Friday except holidays.
November 11, 2013/Green Diamond Press Release