Timber! Latest from T.C. Forestry & Recreation Committee
The Taylor County Forestry & Recreation Committee met on Friday, May 5th. Jake Walcisak told the committee that while most of the current timber harvest contracts in the county forest are satisfactory, one in particular is causing concern. The logger failed to gather just under 12 chords of wood leaving single logs and small piles scattered throughout the woods. The small saplings are now nearly 4 feet high so any attempt to salvage the remaining logs would cause residual damage to the new growth. The total amount of wood left behind amounted to 477 sticks of mostly aspen which would fill one pulp truck. The committee voted to charge the logger single stumpage for the timber which was not removed, an estimated value of $468.
Loggers will have the opportunity to bid on 4 different timber sales in Taylor County forests. The Lake 10 East contract consists of 57 acres of select hardwood/red maple in the Town of Rib Lake. Minimum bid will be $12,846. The second offering is called Four Corners Southeast. This is a 38 acre project with red maple/aspen. This will be a winter ground contract with minimum bid of $14,978.50. The next contract is called Scattered Pine. This timber will have a higher value involving the thinning of 65 year old mature red pine, many of them suitable for utility poles. It will be the 4th cutting on the 38 acre tract located in the Town of Rib Lake. Minimum bid on the contract will be $23,566.50. The fourth timber sale is along the Pine Line Trail. The cutting will commence at Center Avenue and extend north 15.6 miles to the Price County line. Cutting of all marketable timber will be done from the outer edge of the trail out approximately 30 feet. Out of respect for wood turtles, areas within 200 feet of the Black River and its tributaries will have restrictions. Minimum bid on the Pine Line Trail timber sale will be $2 per ton. Bids on the timber sales will be accepted by the Taylor County Forestry department until 4:30 PM Thursday June 1st.