Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Longview Timberlands property lying east of I-5 in Washington and all of their timberlands in Oregon will be closed to all public-recreational entry starting Sept. 7, 2011, because of the high forest-fire danger in both states.
Ed Hendrix, GM -- Oregon Operations, said, "We have decided to close our forestlands in Oregon and part of Washington to public access until substantial rains reduce the wildfire threat. Conditions are very dry and long-range forecasts indicate the overall dry weather will continue for some time. The public's cooperation in staying out of the tree farms during this hazardous forest-fire period will be much appreciated."
Hendrix said Longview foresters were closing gates and posting closure notices at timberlands entry points last week. Company woods security patrols will be increased for the duration of the fire season.
Longview's timberlands in Oregon include 333,000 acres in (Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Tillamook, Wasco and Washington counties) and 316,000 acres in Washington in (Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Kittitas, King, Klickitat, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom counties).
For up-to-date information on land closures please visit the Longview Timberlands website at www.longviewtimber.com.