Forestry Committee Update
DNR Foresters administering State Lands Timber Sales:
The July 1 windstorms in northwest Wisconsin impacted more than 100,000 acres, primarily in Burnett, Douglas and Washburn counties. As you know, we bear an interest in public and private forests alike. Providing for the timely salvage of these areas is in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin. In order to facilitate this work, I am implementing a directive that would allow for logging contractors currently under contract on our State timber sales to shift their emphasis to salvage operations. In essence, "freezing the clock" on existing contracts for a period up to 1 year in cases where a contractor is focusing on salvage operations on other ownerships. The Timber Sale handbook (page 73-1) provides for this potential on our DNR timber sales.
Existing DNR sales (with no damage)
For contractors who are shifting their operations to salvage work on other ownerships:
· Contracts may be extended, without stumpage increase, for up to 1 year's time so long as the contractor can document the salvage work. Such extensions shall not extend the total contract length beyond 5 years.
· Complete a timber sale contract amendment (form 2400-5E) for the file and send a copy to Kathy Mather (FR/4) in Madison
· Include a copy of this directive authorizing the amendment in the sale file
· Document the name and location of the salvage work being done by the contractor
Existing DNR sales with wind damage
· Local administering forester, with approval of Property Manager, has discretion to adjust stumpage values for storm-damaged timber.
· This directive provides the necessary approval to amend the contracts (no need to file form 2460-7). Document the amendment on Form 2400-5E and include in the sale file and also send a copy to Kathy Mather (FR/4) in Madison.
· Additional volumes / salvage shall be aligned with the Master Plan direction
· Additional volumes or areas can be added to an existing sale without the requirement to advertise. Statute 26.22 allows such modification when it is in the best interest of the State.
· Add a column(s) on the Timber Sale Notice & Cutting Report (form 2460-001) for damaged timber. Explain the circumstances in the Comments section of the form. Consider combining species and using mixed product codes to streamline administrative procedures for damaged wood.
· Contract duration may be extended, without stumpage increase, for up to 1 year's time so long as the contractor can document they are working on salvage. Such extensions shall not extend the total contract length beyond 5 years.
· Enter in the new information in the WisFIRS database
· Reference is the Timber Sale Handbook - pages 73-1 & 73-2.
Salvage of State land timber - no prior timber sale
· Follow normal salvage timber sale procedures in Timber Sale handbook. Page 55-1 highlights expanded statutory authorities that allow for waiver of advertising requirement for such sales. *In many cases, an abbreviated bid or verbal bid process might be in the State's best interest.
This directive pertains to DNR timber sales only. Contracts on County Forests are at the discretion of the local County Forestry Committees and County Boards. Please refer any inquiries into County policies to the appropriate County Forestry Office.
Thank you all for your collective efforts towards this large task. We are working to facilitate the cleanup on many fronts including having discussions with industry to try an assure a market for this wood as well. If you have specific timber sale procedural questions contact Jeff Barkley at 608-264-9217 or via e-mail.
Paul DeLong, Wisconsin Chief State Forester