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Longview Fibre To Open Lands

Limited public access is now available to Longview Fibre land in Oregon and Washington.

Longview Fibre Company is providing limited public access to most of its Oregon and Washington timberlands, effective Sept. 29.

"This rainfall enables a limited reopening of eight of Longview Fibre's nine tree farms which have been closed because of the forest-fire threat with this year's drought conditions," said Dave Bowden, senior vice president-timber for the company. "Although gates will remain closed, hunters and other recreationists may walk-in and they can drive into the ungated areas."

Bowden said, "If we have additional substantial rainfall later this fall, we will open the gates. However, a continued lack of moisture could force us to again close our timberlands to public access due to fire danger."

Longview Fibre tree farms open include: in Oregon -- Coast, Nehalem, Deer Island, Clackamas, Silver Falls and Mid-Columbia; in Washington -- Southwest, Skagit and Mid-Columbia.

He noted only the Chelan Tree Farm in Central Washington will remain closed, as that region did not receive rain.

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