August 14, 2008

BLM Says Butte Falls Timber Can Be Salvaged

Forty million board feet of timber blown down in Butte Falls during a Jan. 4 windstorm can be salvaged, according to the Bureau of Land Management. BLM inspected 28,000 acres and is proposing salvage of about 6,100 acres, which would harvest as much as 35 million board feet, enough to build 1,100 2,000-square-foot homes.

The timber is mostly Douglas fir, along with some pine and incense cedar. In addition to the value of the timber, removal of the trees could help prevent wildfires, according to the BLM.

Salvage auctions for the timber could begin by the end of September. A 196-page environmental assessment of the project was issued on July 27 for a 30-day public review. Comments are due by Aug. 26.

Originally published by DJC Staff.

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