Potlatch

Frequently Asked Questions

Recreational Permit Questions
  1. How does Potlatch intend to manage their forestlands for public access?
  2. Will Potlatch charge a fee for recreating on their land?
  3. When applying for my Recreation Permit, why am I asked to enter a passenger vehicle when I only want to register my ATV?
  4. Why is Potlatch charging fees to recreate on their land?
  5. Do I have to purchase a permit if I am an employee, retiree, or shareholder in Potlatch?
  6. Do I have to purchase a permit if I am a contractor for Potlatch?
  7. Why permits as opposed to other options?
  8. How much will the Recreation Permit cost?
  9. Does one Recreation Permit cover everything?
  10. Will these prices change in the future?
  11. When will I need to have a Recreation Permit?
  12. What information do we need to supply Potlatch when we register?
  13. How do I purchase a Recreation Permit?
  14. Is there a waiting period between when I purchase my Recreation Permit and when it becomes effective?
  15. Once I have purchased my permit, will I be able to access my account on line?
  16. Will I be able to purchase a Recreation Permit when I am checked in the field?
  17. As a permit holder, what other benefits are available to me?
  18. How many Recreation Permits will be sold?
  19. Will my permit allow me to access all of the Potlatch Idaho ownership?
  20. Isn't part of the St. Joe River basin covered under a Conservation Easement that assured the public of open access without paying a fee?
  21. Do I need a Recreation Permit if I drive my vehicle across Potlatch land to get to another ownership, such as Forest Service or IDL ground?
  22. If my property boundary adjoins Potlatch property, do I need a Recreation Permit to use the land?
  23. Can I share my permit with others?
  24. How will I know if I am on Potlatch ground rather than other ownership (IDL, USFS, Bennett Lumber, etc.) ground?
  25. What will happen if I am caught using Potlatch property without obtaining a Recreation Permit?
  26. What should I do if I know someone is using Potlatch lands but has not purchased a Recreation Permit?
  27. Who is Quality Services, Inc.?
  28. If I have a Recreation Permit, will I need to get a separate firewood permit?

Recreational Permit Questions
  1. How does Potlatch intend to manage their forestlands for public access?

    Our lands will continue to be available for public use; however, visitors are required to obtain a Recreation Permit. Visitors are required to adhere to the Recreation Permit, Terms, Policies and Regulations as in the past, and Potlatch will continue to monitor public use of our private forest lands.

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  2. Will Potlatch charge a fee for recreating on their land?

    Yes. Individuals who intend to use our forest lands for recreational uses will need to purchase a Recreation Permit

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  3. When applying for my Recreation Permit, why am I asked to enter a passenger vehicle when I only want to register my ATV?

    For security purposes, Potlatch now requires all permits to contain a passenger vehicle. Please enter your passenger vehicle and license plate even if you don't plan to recreate with it on Potlatch. Then Under Passenger Vehicles Used on Potlatch Lands At Once, please choose "0 Passenger Vehicles." You will then only be charged for the ATV.

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  4. Why is Potlatch charging fees to recreate on their land?

    Recreation use on Potlatch lands has been growing rapidly for several years. There are significant costs associated with the recreational use of our lands. But most importantly, our shareholders expect us to manage and generate returns for all sustainable uses of our land. The recognition that recreation is a viable business on private forest lands is sweeping the country.

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  5. Do I have to purchase a permit if I am an employee, retiree, or shareholder in Potlatch?

    Yes. Recreation Permits will be required for all recreational users including Potlatch employees, retirees and shareholders.

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  6. Do I have to purchase a permit if I am a contractor for Potlatch?

    A contractor permit will be issued, allowing contractors and their employees access to and from their job sites on Potlatch property. If a contractor or their employees intend to use the land for recreational pursuits, they will need to purchase a Recreation Permit.

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  7. Why permits as opposed to other options?

    We believe Recreation Permits are the most effective tool given the ownership patterns and use of our Idaho customers. Our user driven fee system will only impose fees for those uses each visitor chooses to enjoy on our lands. In addition, we will continue to investigate the development of other recreation opportunities that will also have the potential for generating fees from public use of our lands.

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  8. How much will the Recreation Permit cost?

    The permit costs will vary based upon what vehicles you choose to use on Potlatch land. A sample Rate Calculator is available from this site so you can estimate your fees before you register.

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  9. Does one Recreation Permit cover everything?

    Yes. All vehicles and members of your immediate household (permit holder, spouse and dependent children living at home) will be covered by one permit. The price of the permit depends upon the number and type of vehicles registered as well as the number and age of individuals in your household. At the time you purchase your permit, you will need to list all of the recreational vehicles (car, truck, camper, RV, travel trailer, ATV, etc.) and individuals in your household that plan to use Potlatch land.

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  10. Will these prices change in the future?

    Prices will be reviewed annually. We anticipate the price will change as the market for recreation access changes in the region.

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  11. When will I need to have a Recreation Permit?

    You are able to purchase your permit now. Permits are valid from January 1st through December 31st each year.

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  12. What information do we need to supply Potlatch when we register?

    You will need to supply basic identification information (names, address, phone, email, etc.) as well as vehicle license numbers and/or vehicle identification numbers for each recreational vehicle you are registering.

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  13. How do I purchase a Recreation Permit?

    At this time, you can use a credit card and make your purchase through this website. We also sell permits with cash or a check through local vendors. Vendors assess a service fee for handling the transaction for you. Click on this link to see a list of local vendors' names and addresses. PERMITS WILL NOT BE SOLD AT POTLATCH OFFICES.

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  14. Is there a waiting period between when I purchase my Recreation Permit and when it becomes effective?

    It may take 2-3 days from the time you purchase your permit until the information is received by our customer service officers who will be patrolling in the field. You should plan on making your permit purchase as far in advance as possible before your first planned recreation outing on Potlatch forest lands. It is also important that you do not forget to keep your unique permit number with you while you are recreating.

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  15. Once I have purchased my permit, will I be able to access my account on line?

    Yes, each permit account holder will have their own “My Account” that they can use to make changes to your personal information or vehicle list.

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  16. Will I be able to purchase a Recreation Permit when I am checked in the field?

    No. OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE OFFICERS WILL NOT BE SELLING PERMITS IN THE FIELD.

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  17. As a permit holder, what other benefits are available to me?

    In the future, we are also planning on adding other special features for permit holders like recreation reports, hot spots, visitor information, and the latest breaking news regarding future recreation opportunities on Potlatch lands.

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  18. How many Recreation Permits will be sold?

    At this time, we have not placed a quota on the number of permits to be sold. However, we would advise you to make your permit purchase as early in the year as possible.

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  19. Will my permit allow me to access all of the Potlatch Idaho ownership?

    No. There will always be some areas that have seasonal closures or access restrictions for industrial or operational reasons. Road gates and barriers are marked to display acceptable traffic beyond the gate. These use restrictions apply whether the gate is open or closed. If a gate is unmarked, then the road is closed to full size vehicle traffic (including UTVs over 50" wide). High fire danger may also create restrictions for public safety reasons. You will find further information regarding these restrictions in the Recreation Permit, Terms, Policies and Regulations. Potlatch may also introduce other restrictions as we continue to develop other recreation opportunities such as hunting leases.

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  20. Isn't part of the St. Joe River basin covered under a Conservation Easement that assured the public of open access without paying a fee?

    Yes. We have about 53,000 acres of company land near St. Maries and the St. Joe River that are protected under a permanent Conservation Easement. Recreation Permits will not be required to use these lands. The public is required to follow the Potlatch Public Use Guidelines and to respect our property. Willful or repeat violators of our guidelines will not be able to use our lands, including land within the Conservation Easement boundary.

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  21. Do I need a Recreation Permit if I drive my vehicle across Potlatch land to get to another ownership, such as Forest Service or IDL ground?

    If you stay on state, county or USFS-IDL-Potlatch cooperative roads, the answer is "no". However, if you stop to recreate on Potlatch land, then you will need a permit. If you use any of Potlatch's private roads, a permit is required.

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  22. If my property boundary adjoins Potlatch property, do I need a Recreation Permit to use the land?

    Yes, if you are age 16 and over or are using a vehicle to access the property, you must have a Recreation Permit to do so.

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  23. Can I share my permit with others?

    No. Recreation Permits are linked to members of a specific household and their vehicles. Individuals outside of your household must obtain their own permits. As an example, suppose you have out of town guests who are going to go camping with your family. You have obtained a Recreation Permit for your SUV, travel trailer and two ATVs. Your guests will be riding with you and staying in your travel trailer. They must obtain a foot traffic permit for each person over 16 years of age. If they are going to drive their own vehicle, then they would be required to obtain their own permit assigned to their own household and vehicle license number.

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  24. How will I know if I am on Potlatch ground rather than other ownership (IDL, USFS, Bennett Lumber, etc.) ground?

    Maps of Potlatch ownership are available on this web site. In addition, we will be ramping up efforts to clearly mark Potlatch gates and post ownership signs to make visitors aware of our ownership. Please remember, it is your responsibility to know where you are and the ownership you are using.

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  25. What will happen if I am caught using Potlatch property without obtaining a Recreation Permit?

    You will be told about the program and asked if you intend to continue recreating on Potlatch land. If your intention is to continue recreating, you will need to purchase your Recreation Permit through this web site or a local vendor immediately. If you fail to purchase your permit, you will receive a reminder notice to purchase your Recreation Permit. If you are caught using the property a second time, without a permit, you will be issued a letter stating that any further use of the property without obtaining a permit will be considered trespass and may result in prosecution for theft of services. If you were unaware that you were on Potlatch property and do not intend to recreate on Potlatch lands, you will be asked to voluntarily leave the property.

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  26. What should I do if I know someone is using Potlatch lands but has not purchased a Recreation Permit?

    We have a toll free number, 866-437-7711, available for you to report such incidents to Quality Services, Inc. The success of this program depends on ensuring all users of Potlatch land are properly permitted. Full participation by users will help keep permit rates down and make the permitting program financially competitive with other alternatives such as traditional hunting leases.

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  27. Who is Quality Services, Inc.?

    QSI is our chosen service contractor providing patrols and compliance checking for our public access program. QSI customer service officers are local residents and have specific areas they are responsible for covering. They are there to protect Potlatch property against misuse and abuse. By doing so, they are also protecting your recreation interests. QSI always appreciates visitor assistance and encourages the reporting of abusive recreational use (mud-bogging, vehicles behind gates, etc.) as well as illegal activities (timber theft, trash dumping, vandalism, etc.).

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  28. If I have a Recreation Permit, will I need to get a separate firewood permit?

    Yes. We sell firewood permits through the web site. Permits are available June 1st to October 31st each year.

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General Recreation Questions
  1. Is Potlatch going to increase recreation opportunities on their lands?

    Over the next several years, we anticipate evaluating a broad range of recreation products. The two items we are currently evaluating are Reserved Campsites and Exclusive Use Leases. We will look at other options as we become aware of the demand and opportunities.

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  2. Is the charging of fees for recreation related to Potlatch converting to a Real Estate Investment Trust?

    No. Potlatch has always had a responsibility to its shareholders to manage their forest lands for maximum returns.

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  3. Can I reserve my preferred camping site?

    We will not be offering reserved campsites at this time.

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  4. Is Potlatch going to designate certain areas for only certain uses (ATV only, pedestrian only, etc.)?

    We currently do not have any plans for adding new special designated use areas. Please remember that there are some places, for example, the Deer Creek unit, where there is a long standing agreement between Potlatch and Idaho Department of Fish and Game to allow only walk-in hunting.

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  5. Is there a place that I can submit comments on Potlatch's recreation management program?

    Yes, you can submit comments here at the web site using Contact Us.

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  6. Can I still camp wherever I want to?

    Yes, within the constraints of our Recreation Permit, Terms, Policies and Regulations. Please be aware that some land may be closed to public access due to on-going management activities.

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  7. Is Potlatch going to grant exclusive hunting leases in the future?

    We are currently evaluating that product. Information will be posted on this web site as soon as it becomes available.

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