Green Diamond Resource Company officials Tuesday announced that the company plans to open its lands in Western Washington for hunting and other recreation, effective immediately. Over the next few days, company representatives will be opening gates and posting signage accordingly.
“Moisture levels have increased to the point where we feel it is safe to open our lands for recreation,” said Patti Case, public affairs/regulatory manager for Green Diamond. “We ask that visitors exercise caution as fire season is definitely not yet behind us,” she added.
Public access is only allowed during daylight hours, explained Case. Signs on Green Diamond gates identify ownership and the type of access allowed. “A red dot means no motor vehicles are allowed and a green dot indicates licensed, street-legal motor vehicles are allowed on roads only,” she explained
According to Case, an orange sign indicates harvest or other activity is taking place. All recreation access to these areas is prohibited. “Where there is no green dot, an open gate may be a sign that forest management activity is taking place,” she said. “Visitors should not enter areas without green dot signs.”
As a safety precaution, Green Diamond asks that recreation seekers wear high visibility clothing for safety, said Case.
A portion of Green Diamond’s land in Mason County is set aside for permit holders and is posted to indicate permits are required for that area. More information on the permit program is available at www.greendiamond.com/recreation.
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 be awarded. 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.