About Western Pacific Timber, LLC.
Western Pacific Timber, LLC owns a large block of timberland in Klickitat County (the Simcoe block) consisting of approximately 93,000 acres. This land is primarily managed for timber production, utilizing uneven-aged management techniques to produce a sustainable flow of fiber. In addition to timber production, over ninety-five percent of the Simcoe Block is leased to local ranchers for grazing, and the majority of the block is open to the public for non-motorized recreation.
WPT also owns 14,000 acres of scattered parcels located in fifteen Washington counties as a result of the Central Cascade Land Exchange between Western Pacific Timber and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (See Land Exchanges for more information). These parcels consist of both timber and non-timbered parcels and are currently being evaluated on a parcel-by-parcel basis to determine their best use. As part of this ongoing evaluation process, Western Pacific Timber has sold a small portion of its holdings in Washington to timber companies that own adjacent properties. The majority of the remaining acquired parcels are being actively managed by WPT for timber production, and WPT strictly follows and exceeds the Washington State Forest Practices Regulations. Western Pacific Timber has and will continue to allow public access on the parcels it acquired in the exchange.
In 2005, Western Pacific Timber acquired its Idaho block from Plum Creek Timberlands. The Idaho property represents WPT’s second largest block of land ownership, consisting of approximately 40,000 acres of timberland, located in the Upper Lochsa area. These parcels are within the Clearwater National Forest and lie in a checkerboard ownership pattern with USFS lands. These properties are part of the Idaho land exchange (See Land Exchanges for more information).
WPT previously owned approximately 178,000 acres of timberland in Southern Idaho and in the McCall area. These properties were sold in 2008.