Richard Wilson said he heard from a new US Forest Service lands specialist in early summer 2014 that traffic barriers barring access to the Wilson Brothers Forest had been removed. Now the Wilsons and the Forest Service are working on “permanent easements with each other that will provide recordable easements for each of us to our respective lands from SR 623, a public state route. We now are negotiating the actual details and road reaches.”

In pressing his case for access, Richard had included “management and protection of the old-growth forest habitat in cooperation with the 500-Year Forest Foundation” among reasons access was needed. The brothers are working with Lisa Ann Hawkins, an attorney with the Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District, to provide a recordable deed of easement.