With the company’s expansion of its Recreation Access Permit program, approximately 60,000 acres of land in Mason County are reserved for those who purchase permits. “Many more acres of Green Diamond’s private forest lands are open for free use,” explained Patti Case, public affairs/regulatory manager for the company.
Green Diamond gates are typically orange with signs mounted next to them, explaining the type of access allowed in that area, explained Case. Recreation Access Permit areas are posted with signage explaining entry is limited to those with permits. In all other areas, Case explained, a sign with a red dot means no motor vehicles are allowed and a green dot indicates licensed, street-legal motor vehicles are allowed on roads only and only during daylight hours.
According to Case, an orange sign indicates harvest or other activity is taking place. All recreation access to these areas is prohibited. “An open gate may be a sign that forest management activity is taking place,” she said. “Visitors should be cautious.”
“We ask that recreation seekers wear high visibility clothing for safety and that visitors exit Green Diamond’s forest land within one hour of sunset as indicated in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s hunting regulations,” she added.
Visitors to Green Diamond land are encouraged to report illegal activity. “Anyone who witnesses illegal activity should call 911 immediately,” Case said. Those who learn about unlawful activities are also encouraged to call the Green Diamond Rewards Program at 360/427-4090, a secure message phone. Callers are asked to leave method of reply so that leads may be followed up. A cash reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to arrest and prosecution of criminal activity on Green Diamond land may Targeted activities include littering and garbage dumping, trespass, theft of timber and other forest products, and unlawful use of off-road vehicles.
The Green Diamond Resource Company property protection Rewards Program is not a product promotion and it is not an invitation, inducement, or permit granting access to Green Diamond property. The decision to provide Green Diamond with information on potential criminal activity occurring on Green Diamond property is voluntary and does not create a contract between Green Diamond and the person providing information. Green Diamond reserves full discretion to determine whether to reward a person who provides information on potential criminal activity and the amount of any such reward. Green Diamond cannot guarantee the anonymity of a person who discloses their identity when providing information on potential criminal activity because such information, including witness identity, may be referred to appropriate law enforcement officials for investigation and prosecution. The following persons are not eligible for property protection rewards from Green Diamond: persons under the age of 18, employees of Green Diamond and their immediate family members, persons who trespass on Green Diamond property, and persons who aid, abet, assist, or participate in criminal activity on Green Diamond property.