- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - State officials say Vermonters will not lose access to recreational land owned by one Washington-based timber company that has agreed to merge with another.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1Nvj2DU ) Plum Creek Timber Company, owners of 86,000 acres in northern Vermont, has been sold to Weyerhaeuser Co. for $8.44 billion.

The Federal Way, Washington, company expects to close on the sale early next year.

Plum Creek spokeswoman Kathy Budinick says the companies are operating separately until the merger is finalized, so it will be “business as usual for Plum Creek in Vermont.”

Matt Langlais, forester for Essex and Caledonia counties, says recreational access to the land owned by Plum Creek will continue to be preserved regardless of the merger.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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