Citing “extreme drought conditions, wildfire dangers”, SPI and Beaty to close all public timberland access

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Citing “extreme drought conditions” and “risk of wildfire”, both Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc. have announced they will be closing all timberland access to their properties, beginning next week, Monday, June 21. 

The closures, which are similar to other forestland closures heading into wild fire season in recent years, are set to continue until further notice.

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“SPI takes its commitment to protecting our forest resources and public safety seriously,” said Andrea Howell, SPI spokesman. “With this year’s extreme drought conditions having substantially increased the risk of wildfire, we have made the difficult decision to close our lands to public access and recreation.”

The public’s use of SPI roads and walk-in access to their privately-owned lands will not be allowed, according to Howell; who said, “SPI will regularly evaluate the situation; however, it is anticipated the closure will remain in effect into Fall 2021.”

Regarding the Beaty closure of public access to their forestland, Jeff Pudlicki, Beaty President and General Manager explained, “Due to extreme wildfire conditions and risk to lives and property, W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc. is closing its managed timberland in Lassen, Plumas, Modoc, Shasta, and Siskiyou Counties.”

“Beaty and Associates takes its commitment to protecting the forest resources they manage, as well as public safety seriously,” Pudlicki explained. “With this year’s extreme drought conditions bringing significant wildfire risk the difficult decision has been made to close these lands to public access and recreation.”

“The public’s use of Beaty managed roads and walk-in access to their managed timberlands will not be allowed,” added Pudlicki.

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For inquiries about SPI’s closure, contact the SPI California Public Recreation Hotline at (530) 378-8274. To learn more about the company’s recreation access policies, visit http://spi-ind.com/OurForests/RecreationAccess.

To learn more about W. M. Beaty & Associates’ recreation policies and current closure restrictions, visit: https://www.wmbeaty.com/management/recreation.htm. For more information contact Chief Forester Ryan Hilburn at (530) 243-2783.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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