Good Neighbor Authority timber sale reported | Local News

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The Oregon Forest Department, in cooperation with the US Forest Service, recently sold 1.6 million board feet of lumber as part of a restoration thinning project located in the Powers Ranger District in Coos County.

The “Gobbler GNA” is a restoration thinning project, where small trees will be removed and large trees and minor species will be conserved. The treatment area is located where Douglas-fir trees were planted in the 1960s following clear cutting. The goals of treatment are to reduce stocking densities to improve forest health, reduce fuels and promote species diversity.

This sale and treatment of timber will be completed on Forest Service land, but the preparation for the sale and the contract is administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry under a good neighborly agreement.

“This is an exciting new way to do more work on Forest Service lands to increase the pace and scale of fuel reduction and restoration treatments. Shared stewardship of these lands helps build relationships and understanding, deliver more forest products and achieve more meaningful treatment on public lands, ”said forester Matt Timchak of the US Forest Service.

The lumber was auctioned off to the highest bidder on September 15, for $ 303 per thousand board feet at 3H Forestry based in Myrtle Point. The total income of approximately $ 490,000 will be used for fuel reduction treatments, tree planting, other potential aquatic restoration projects, and preparation for the next GNA project between the US Forest Service and the Forestry Department. from Oregon.

The Federal Forest Restoration Program – administered by the Oregon Forest Department – has used the Good Neighborhood Authority since 2016 to carry out restoration activities on lands managed by the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Between 2016-2020, the Gobbler GNA project is one of 54 timber sales from nine national forests in the Pacific Northwest region that is successfully implemented under this authority.

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