Monday, June 26, 2017

Idaho Proceeds with 2nd GNA Timber Sale

Photo from the Woodrat Salvage Sale on June 23, 2017. Photo courtesy Idaho Department of Lands.
The State of Idaho auctioned another U.S. Forest Service timber sale on June 23rd as part of a State-federal partnership to increase management activities on federal lands in Idaho. The Woodrat Salvage Sale on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is Idaho’s second project developed under the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA), a federal law that enables the Forest Service to partner with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) to achieve restoration and resilient landscape objectives across ownership boundaries in Idaho. 
The Idaho Forest Group submitted the winning bid to purchase the Woodrat Salvage Sale, which will treat 345 acres by removing dead and dying burned timber and planting new trees. The final net value of the timber sale contract is $2,184,003. The project’s purpose is fuel reduction, economic recovery, and ecosystem restoration following the fires of 2015. It will generate an estimated 7.1 million board feet of timber, and new trees will be planted.
“In August of 2015, firefighters from IDL and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests fought the Woodrat fire alongside each other and I am pleased that we can continue to work together implementing this important post-fire salvage sale project,” Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor Cheryl Probert said. “The money from this sale will go back into projects such as aquatics restoration, data collection, reforestation, and other work in the Clearwater and lower Salmon basins."
Idaho Forest Group submitted the winning bid to purchase the Woodrat Salvage Sale, which will treat 345 acres by removing dead and dying burned timber and planting new trees. The final net value of the timber sale contract is $2,184,003.  
#The project’s purpose is fuel reduction, economic recovery, and ecosystem restoration following the fires of 2015. It will generate an estimated 7.1 million board feet of timber, and new trees will be planted. 
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#“In August of 2015, firefighters from IDL and the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests fought the Woodrat fire alongside each other and I am pleased that we can continue to work together implementing this important post-fire salvage sale project,” Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor Cheryl Probert said. “The money from this sale will go back into projects such as aquatics restoration, data collection, reforestation, and other work in the Clearwater and lower Salmon basins." 
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This timber sale auction and other planned GNA projects elsewhere in Idaho are the result of more than two years of work between the State of Idaho, Forest Service, timber companies, and other partners. The goal of GNA is to increase the pace and scale of forest and watershed restoration activities on national forests in Idaho.
Utilizing authorities such as the Good Neighbor Authority is strongly encouraged by the Cohesive Strategy. 

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