Is Grays Harbor going to cut off its nose to spite its face? Do the county commissioners really think they can “force” Weyerhauser to keep their land open? This is private land — they can close the gates at any time. They are no different than any other private landowner.
So if the commissioners force Weyco to keep their lands open, what about the other private landowners? Are the commissioners going to force them to open their land for recreational use? I am not a fan of the fee but, $75 is a small price to pay for so many years of free access.
I think the State of Washington Department of Natural Resources started this circus show by making the taxpayer pay an extra fee — “Discover Pass” — to access land the taxpayer already owns.
So the bottom line is, you don’t like the fee, don’t buy a permit. Access to private land, whether it’s a large timber company or small landowner, is a privilege not a right. If people showed more respect for their land this might not have happened.