The Fremont-Winema National Forest has recently awarded seven timber sales and stewardship contracts.
In all, the sales call for timber harvests of 38.9 million board feet (MMBF) on four different ranger districts, including three on the Klamath, two on the Chemult and one each on the Bly and Silver Lake districts.
“It was really nothing out of normal,” said Judd Lehman, the Fremont-Winema’s timber program manager, noting the sales were part of fiscal year 2012 which totaled 61 MMBF, a slight increase over the 57 MMBF averaged over the last five years. Sales normally spread over the year happened toward the end of the 2012 fiscal year.
Lehman said some sales include a combination of saw timber, normally used for plywood veneer and lumber products, and green bio convertible products, which are generally defective logs or logs too small to be made into lumber products that are typically used as biomass. In cases of combination sales, he said the majority of the logs were saw timber.
He said timber sales are sales in which the highest bidder receives the right to remove selected trees. Stewardship contracts allow the Forest Service to award sales based on the best value. Instead of receiving money that goes to the federal treasury, the agency can design the contract so that the cost can be reduced by having the purchaser, for example, do non-commercial thinning that reduces fire hazards.
“It’s a tool that allows us to do a lot more on the ground,” Lehman said.
The sales, by ranger district, include:
■ Klamath Ranger District: Quicksilver Contracting Co. from Bend was awarded the 389-acre Eagle Timber Sale located about 27 miles northwest of Klamath Falls. The company bid $370,697.18 for approximately 2.71 MMBF of a combination saw timber and green bio convertible products.
Interfor Pacific from Gilchrist was awarded the 74-acre Eagle II Timber Sale located about 33 miles northwest of Klamath Falls. The company bid $417,394.64 for approximately 5.58 MMBF of a combination saw timber and green bio convertible products.
Murphy Co. from Eugene was awarded the 1,273-acre Eaglet Stewardship Contract located about 28 miles northwest of Klamath Falls. Murphy bid $1,037,742.40 for approximately 7.78 MMBF for a combination of saw timber and green bio convertible products.
■ Chemult Ranger District: Scott Logging from La Pine was awarded the 168-acre H20 SBA Timber Sale located about 32 miles southeast of Chemult. The company bid $4,797.40 for approximately 0.28 MMBF, a combination of saw timber and green bio convertible products.
Interfor Pacific from Gilchrist was awarded the 1,017-acre Mo Timber Sale located about 32 miles southeast of Chemult. Interfor bid $264,586.52 for approximately 2.83 MMBF, a combination of saw timber and green bio convertible products.
■ Bly Ranger District: The Cord Stewardship Contract was awarded to Interfor Pacific from Gilchrist. The 2,829-acre project is located about 21 miles northwest of Bly. Interfor Pacific bid $544,471.97 for about 11.76 MMBF and 77,678 tons of saw timber and green bio convertible material.
■ Silver Lake Ranger District: The Fawn Stewardship Contract was awarded to Interfor Pacific. The 199-acre project is located about 12 miles southwest of Silver Lake. The company bid $685,691.04 for about 7.96 MMBF and 56,547 tons of saw timber with green bio convertible.
More information about the Fremont-Winema National Forest’s vegetation management program is available online at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/fremont-winema/resourcemanagement.