Friday, October 10, 2008

The Gatekeepers - get it done with a Win-Win

A group in Washington state known as the "Gatekeepers" are volunteers in what is officially called the St. Helen's Tree Farm Access Program.

Basically these hunters man the entry points of Weyerhauser Timber Company land during periods of timber harvest work activity.

Weyerhauser has noted that illegal ATV use has all but stopped, equipment vandalism is down, and there is less Elk damage to their timber. And what do the Gatekeepers have to show for their efforts?

Access to 262,000 new private acres with an elk herd of over 13,000 which needs to be reduced by 3,000 animals over the next few years.

I wonder if they think it's worth it?

Thanks to the Orion Institute for making this story public.