The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest recently auctioned two timber sales. Bates Forest Recovery out of Bates, Oregon was awarded the Tremble Re-Offer timber sale, which encompasses approximately 60 acres, with 27 cutting units. This sale is located in the southeast portion of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, near Halfway, Oregon located on the Whitman Ranger District. The expected production from the Tremble Re-Offer Timber Sale is approximately 603 MBF.
Boise Cascade was awarded the Puzzle timber sale, which is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Baker City, Oregon and encompasses approximately 3,227 acres with 25 cutting units. The expected production from the Puzzle timber sale is 7,197 MBF and is part of the recent Snow Basin Environmental Impact Statement landscape restoration project located on the Whitman Ranger District.
“Even though in recent decades we have shifted the emphasis of our forest management program from resource extraction to ecological restoration, these timber sales will help us in achieving our ecological restoration goals as well,” said Whitman District Ranger Jeff Tomac. These changes reflect a growing scientific consensus about the long-term effects of historical management practices on the resilience and functioning of today’s forested ecosystems. Forest managers are confident in the benefits of these new forestry practices, both for the jobs they create and for the legacy that is left on the land for future generations.