After two failed attempts to sell 26-million-board-feet of timber on a portion of Forest Service lands burned by the 2012 Barry Point Fire, the Fremont-Winema National Forest is offering a smaller, new sale.
Amanda McAdams, district ranger for the Forest’s Lakeview and Bly ranger districts, said the sale is for 5 million board feet (MMFB) with an option for the remaining 21 MMBF. She said it’s hoped the timber sale purchaser will determine the optional acres include trees with commercial value.
The two previous sale offerings, last September and December, failed in part because of concerns by potential buyers the fire-damaged trees had insect damage and could be used only for biomass, not for commercial lumber. “We’re very disappointed it hasn’t sold,” McAdams said of the two unsuccessful sales.
The first sale was offered to Collins Products, which operates the Lakeview mill, through the Forest’s stewardship program. The second sale was open to all bidders, but no bids were received. If successful, the sales would have removed about 26 MMBF, including hazard trees along Forest roads and trees within a 1,200-foot corridor of roads. That harvest would have represented less than 9 percent of the Fremont-Winema lands burned by the fire.
From Oregon Public Broadcasting: http://www.opb.org/news/article/barry-point-timber-going-begging/