Bids are due next week on State Lands timber sale

Open Source forest photo by Steve Kamaenar

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) reminded timber buyers on Monday that bids are due next week on an estimated 646 hundred acres of timber on two tracts in Tuscaloosa and Cherokee Counties that the Department is selling to foresters for harvest.

“Reminder that bids for the ADCNR State Lands Division Ed Lewis #2 Tract timber sale in Tuscaloosa County are due by 1:30 P.M., Tuesday, February 7, 2023, and bids for the Little River WMA Tract timber sale in Cherokee County are due by 1:45 P.M., Tuesday, February 7, 2023,” ADNCR wrote in a statement.

The forested Little River Wildlife Management Area tract in Cherokee County is 391 acres. ADCNR estimates that the tract will yield 12,761 tons of pine pulpwood, 2,374 tons of pine canterwood, 3,261 tons of pine chip-N-saw wood, 8360 tons of pine sawed timber, and 723 tons of hardwood pulpwood.

The forested Ed Lewis #2 tract in Tuscaloosa County is 255 acres which is to be clear cut. ADCNR estimates that the tract will yield 14,964 tons of pine pulpwood, 5,215 tons of pine chip-N-saw wood, 2,611 tons of pine sawed timber, 2,111 tons of hardwood pulpwood, 417 tons of hardwood tie logs, and 391 tons of hardwood sawed timber.

The buyer may not harvest any trees that are beside any stream. They also may not operate or park their skidders, loaders, and other equipment on open areas maintained for wildlife. The contractor must follow all of Alabama’s Best Forest Management Practices. The logging operations may be halted any time the ground is saturated to avoid rutting, puddling, or soil compaction.

A $10,000 cashiers or certified down payment check must accompany any bids to be considered. The losing bidders will receive their deposit checks back. ADCNR reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources manages thousands of acres of state lands through its State Lands Division.

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