We allow free public access to most of our working lands in Washington and operate a Recreation Access Permit Program on a portion of our lands in Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston and Lewis counties. Learn more about our Recreation Access Permit Program.
Conservation Plans and Permits
Our Washington lands are home to one of our largest HCPs, which protects 51 wildlife, aquatic and riparian species over the course of 50 years. This HCP was the first to jointly address endangered species and water quality issues, effectively bridging the Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts. We also have important protections in place for the pacific fisher and northern spotted owl, and we follow the Washington Forest Practices Act and Rules for additional forest management and conservation guidelines. Learn more here.
Another way that we protect local water quality and wildlife is through a three-part conservation easement, which protects over 20,000 acres of coastal forest near the southwestern end of the Puget Sound. The easement—which we entered with the Trust for Public Land—guarantees that the land will never be developed. Under Green Diamond’s management, it will remain open for public access and continue to protect water quality and wildlife habitats.