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Skid Steer Fire


5/10/17  Skid Steer Fire

 

 

  The Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Department was called out Wednesday afternoon, May 10th, at 4:10 to the report of a skid steer fire.  Stetsonville firefighters responded to the Brian Bunkelman farm at N417 CTH C.  According to Chief Greg Brunner, the owners were able to pull the burning skid steer out of the barn before any harm was done to the barn.  The skid steer was destroyed, no other damage was reported.  13 Stetsonville fire fighters responded and were on the scene until about 5 PM Wednesday.
 

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T.C. Forest Administrator Resigns


Administrator Resigns  5/5/17

 

  Taylor County’s forest administrator Russ Aszmann announced his resignation on Friday, May 5th.  Aszmann told the forestry and recreation committee that he wished to thank everyone who has supported him during his tenure.  He indicated that he had no regrets in regard to his administration and management of the Taylor County Forests.  The final day of employment for Russ Aszmann will be May 23rd.  To assume the duties, the committee voted to appoint Jake Walcisak as the interim forest administrator beginning on May 24th.
  The improvements to the Pirus shooting range are on hold.  Federal grant funds were being utilized to make improvements, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service has put a freeze on all grants and cost- sharings over $100,000.  Chuck Zenner told the forestry and recreation committee that’s why you shouldn’t start projects until we have the money in hand.  The grant is derived from the Pittman Roberts Fund which is a federal gun tax fund.  The federal agency is reviewing all grant funds.  The Taylor County Sportsmens Club was instrumental in obtaining the grant.  Club members also have volunteered numerous hours of labor to improve the safe environment which the shooting range provides.  While the committee is hopeful that the funds will be awarded following the lifting of the freeze and review, until such time that the “money is in hand” the major improvements at the Pirus Shooting Range are on hold.
  According to some members of the Pine Line Trail Commission their bylaws are out of date.  To update the bylaws the commission approached Taylor County for permission to utilize the services of the county’s corporate counsel.  Forestry and Recreation Committee member expressed his support by asking how do you think the Rail Trail Commission feels when you tell them to take care of the trail but you don’t give them any money.  Technically the rail trail is a county park.  No action was taken.
  On behalf of the Taylor County ATV/UTV club Don Liske recently approached the forestry department to ask that all entry roads to the county forests be signed to indicate that the county forest roads are open to ATV/UTV usage.  The county forest’s 15 year action plan indicates that the county forest roads would be open for ATV/UTV usage from May 1st to November 30th.  Regulations indicate that once roadways are opened, the trail signs need to be placed beside the roads.  The Taylor County Forest and Recreation Committee voted to fund the placement of ATV/UTV signs at about a half dozen entry points to the County Forest.  Labor will be provided by the forestry department.

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Timber! Latest from T.C. Forestry & Recreation Committee


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. 

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