Curry Pilot

The Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service plan to re-advertise a timber sale that earlier received no bidders.

The Prairie II timber salvage sale will be advertised Thursday in the Medford Mail Tribune on June 27, 2019 according to a press release from ODF. The sale is for 1.327 million board feet (MBF) of timber at a price of $21.83/MBF for a total sale price of approximately $30,000.

It is the 13th sale of timber damaged by the Chetco Bar Fire in 2017. The Prairie sale was advertised previously, but there were no bidders. To date, approximately 1 percent (1,800 acres) of the Chetco Bar Fire footprint has been offered as salvage for a total of eight timber sales totaling 30 million board feet.

Shortly after the Chetco Bar Fire, a team of natural resource specialists were brought in from a number of forests across the Pacific Northwest region to provide salvage sale opportunities to benefit local economies, the release said. The Forest Service partnered with the Oregon Department of Forestry under the Good Neighbor Authority to offer a timber sale of the Chetco Bar Area salvage.

A small percentage of the total fire area was offered due to various considerations, such as rapidly decreasing timber values, a limited number of burned areas within the fire footprint where salvage was economically feasible, and a variety of land management allocations, including designated wilderness within the fire area that does not allow for timber harvest.

”We’re doing our part, wherever we can, to recapture the economics of salvage timber to benefit local communities. We appreciate all of the hard work that our forest employees as well as employees who came to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest from other forests accomplished to help us offer these economic opportunities,” said District Ranger Wade McMaster.

A portion of the proceeds of the sale will be utilized for forest restoration work.

For more information, contact Gold Beach Ranger Wade McMaster at 541-247-3601 or