Tens of thousands of people visit the State’s Forest Trust Lands each year. These forests support hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, foraging, horse-back riding, and camping, among other activities. Visitors recreate in all forest age classes. Hunters and bird-watchers utilize younger seral forests created after recent harvests. Fishers frequent miles of forest streams where salmon, trout, and other species can be found. Mountain bikers, horseback riders, and hikers enjoy hundreds of miles of well-maintained gravel access roads. Campers frequent any of a dozen overnight camp sites throughout the state forest system.
It is no easy feat providing public access and services across 600,000 acres. Managing for public access requires upkeep, clean up, security, and wildfire preventions and response. Revenue derived from timber harvests cover the costs of keeping these services available to the public.