INLAND EMPIRE PAPER COMPANY POLICY FOR RECREATIONAL USE OF TIMBERLANDS

Every year more people request to use Inland Empire Paper Company (IEP) timberlands for recreational purposes. Proximity to Spokane and early snowmelt make these lands especially popular with local people. We have developed the following guidelines for all groups using IEP lands for recreation.

Information Required:

  • Letter of request to IEP 30 days prior to event on a first come basis.
  • Detailed description of activity.
  • Map showing area and/ or trails to be used.
  • $500.00 deposit – 10 days before event
  • Copy of liability insurance binder with IEP and Cowles Company named as co-insured with coverage of $1,000,000 or more.

Permits will be issued only when the above information required has been presented at the IEP Forestry Department office.

Environmental protection:

  • Port-a-potties required for all group activities. (greater than 20 people)
  • To prevent erosion, driving on muddy or soft roads is prohibited.
  • All gated and blocked roads cannot be used by motorized vehicles.
  • All vehicles (including motorcycles and motorized recreation vehicles) must be kept on roadways.
  • Follow all state fire regulations. Permittee must have shovel, axe, bucket or helmet, and fire extinguisher during periods of “high” Fire Precaution Levels .
  • No campfires without permission. Any campfires must be in a designated area free of all combustibles, of a reasonable size, attended at all times and dead out before leaving
  • Permittee may cut dead and down wood only for use on site
  • All feed for animals used on IEP property must be certified weed free.
  • All groups are required to submit a deposit of $500 to IEP. This deposit will be returned after all the terms of the permit have been fulfilled. Failure to fulfill any terms of the permit will result in forfeiture of the deposit.
  • Construct or repair waterbars on all used trails over five percent grade so water runs off trails
  • Smooth any ruts on any trails that have had vegetation removed at completion of activity.

Maintenance and cleanup:

  • Port-a-potties required for all group activities. (greater than 20 people)
  • To prevent erosion, driving on muddy or soft roads is prohibited.
  • All gated and blocked roads cannot be used by motorized vehicles.
  • All vehicles (including motorcycles and motorized recreation vehicles) must be kept on roadways.
  • Follow all state fire regulations. Permittee must have shovel, axe, bucket or helmet, and fire extinguisher during periods of “high” Fire Precaution Levels .
  • No campfires without permission. Any campfires must be in a designated area free of all combustibles, of a reasonable size, attended at all times and dead out before leaving
  • Permittee may cut dead and down wood only for use on site
  • All feed for animals used on IEP property must be certified weed free.
  • All groups are required to submit a deposit of $500 to IEP. This deposit will be returned after all the terms of the permit have been fulfilled. Failure to fulfill any terms of the permit will result in forfeiture of the deposit.
  • Construct or repair waterbars on all used trails over five percent grade so water runs off trails
  • Smooth any ruts on any trails that have had vegetation removed at completion of activity.

Permittee assumes all risks incident to being present on Inland Empire Paper Company property and will hold Inland Empire Paper Company and Cowles Company harmless against all claims.

IEP also offers a limited amount of organized group permits as follows:

Groups of 2-20 participants: $100
Groups of 21-50 participants: $200
Groups of 51-100 participants: $500
Groups of 101-200 participants: $1000
Over 200 participants:  fee to be determined by IEP

IEP is willing to waive the above fees if event organizers agree to significantly recognize IEP as an official sponsor in advertisements, printed material, and during ceremonies.

An organized group is one that is incorporated and is able to purchase the required liability insurance. Group activities are limited to five consecutive days. Groups have additional requirements for access, cleanup, and environmental protection.

Quality Services Inc., located in Spirit Lake, Idaho, will manage the security and enforcement of this fee access system. In addition, they are authorized by IEP to check for permits, collect user information at access points, assist users, patrol and watch for violations, and issue citations, if necessary.

Our desire is a better recreational experience for the public; we hope these changes will accomplish that goal. We appreciate the cooperation of everyone and your positive input to this change.

Any questions may be directed as follows:

Group Permits: IEP office at 509/924-1911

Individual Access Permits: Contact Quality Services at 1-866-437-7711 (toll-free)