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Potlatch Corp. to charge fees for access to N. Idaho forests

[ Idaho ] Potlatch Corp., Idaho ‘ s largest private landowner, plans to start charging for recreational use of its land, an official of the timber company says. Potlatch, based in Spokane , Wash. , owns almost 670,000 acres that the company says draws 200,000 visitor-use days each year from hikers, birdwatchers, hunters, anglers and trail riders. “They ‘ ve all used Potlatch land without a fee and minimal restrictions,” Matt Van Vleet, public affairs manager for Potlatch ‘ s western region, told The Spokesman-Review of Spokane . But “the future is not going to be like the past.” The company owns land in Minnesota and Arkansas as well, where it brings in more than $1 million annually in user-fee programs.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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