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Pope Resources trails remain closed because of fire risk
PORT GAMBLE — With modern firearms hunting season set to open this weekend in Washington state, Olympic Resource Management has issued a reminder that all of its forestland properties in Jefferson, Kitsap and Mason counties remain temporarily closed to all public access, including hunting, because of extreme fire hazard.
The closure will remain in effect until significant rainfall occurs.
"The company regrets the inconvenience to those who enjoy and respect the property, which is very popular with hunters," a public notice states. "However, the exceptionally dry conditions make for extreme fire hazard conditions and threaten private and public resources. Updates will be posted at www.poperesources.com."
Olympic Resource Management is a Pope Resources company, which owns and manages nearly 71,000 acres of forestland on its Hood Canal Tree Farm in Kitsap, Mason and Jefferson counties.
All told, Pope Resources — a publicly traded limited partnership — and subsidiaries Olympic Resource Management and Olympic Property Group, own or manage 178,000 acres of timberland and development property in Washington and Oregon. The company also manages and co-invests in three timberland investment funds that it manages for a fee. The company and its predecessor companies have owned and managed timberlands and development properties for more than 150 years.