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Green Diamond opens land

Green Diamond company representatives announced recently that company lands are open for recreation, effective immediately. A program allowing for cash rewards for information about criminal activity on Green Diamond land was also announced.

Many gates have already been opened to allow for recreational use. Patti Case, a spokesperson for the company, explained that signs are mounted next to gates, indicating activities allowed in the area.

“A sign with a red dot means no motor vehicles are allowed,” said Case. “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.

Case also announced introduction of the Rewards Program sponsored by Green Diamond, allowing for a cash reward of up to $500 for information leading to arrest and prosecution of criminal activity on Green Diamond land. Targeted activities include littering and garbage dumping, trespass, theft of timber and other forest products, and unlawful use of off-road vehicles.

“We have many neighbors who provide valuable eyes in the woods,” said Case. “Our Rewards Program provides incentive for law-abiding citizens to step forward when they learn of unlawful activities.”

People wishing to report criminal activity should call (360) 427-4090, a secure message phone. Callers are asked to leave method of reply so that leads may be followed up.

Green Diamond Resource Company owns working forest land in Mason, Grays Harbor and several other Western Washington counties. The company’s headquarters are in Seattle.