The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest recently offered four emergency salvage sales on the Klondike Fire and others for purchase in local communities.
The Klondike and Taylor emergency decks of 1.5 million board feet (MMBF) in the Wild Rivers Ranger District were offered and purchased; the Raspberry and Fair deck sales in the Gold Beach Ranger District were not purchased, but will be made available again when the snows clear.
The Long Ridge Timber Sale-Danger Tree project, comprised of 1.9 MMBF in the Chetco Bar Fire scar in the Gold Beach Ranger District was also sold to South Coast Lumber by the Oregon Department of Forestry under the Good Neighbor Authority. That sale will involve removing dangerous trees along approximately 12 miles of Forest Service roads.
“I am extremely pleased that three sales sold last week. These projects are good examples of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest doing its part to actively manage the forest to reduce fuels while helping local economies,” said Forest Supervisor Merv George, Jr.
The Forestry Title of the 2014 Farm Bill and Appropriations Act enhanced opportunities to work across private and public lands for better efficiencies and to work together to restore and manage natural landscapes, according to a press release from the Forest Service.
A Good Neighbor Authority agreement will allow agencies to work together to achieve the same goals on different parcels of land, primarily between the state, U.S. Forest Service and BLM, the release said.
“It lays the foundation and authorization to develop work to advance specific watershed restoration and forest management projects at the local level,” said Forest Service public affairs officer Virginia Gibbons said this week. “That can include hazardous fuels reduction and fire resilience, addressing insect and disease areas, improving water quality, enhancing public collaboration, restoring plant communities and wildlife habitats and ensuring our transportation and trail systems are ecologically and socially sustainable.”