6 Mar 2009, 1:20am
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For sale soon: Beetle-killed trees

Forest officials trying to find out if there is really a market

By LEE JUILLERAT, Klamath Falls Herald and News, March 4, 2009 [here]

What do you do with thousands of acres of dead and dying trees with a low commercial value?

Fremont-Winema National Forest officials say people are interested — from individual and commercial firewood cutters to industrial loggers who want to create chips for pulp or hardboard manufacture.

“Most likely we’re going to offer some large sales and find ways to satisfy small commercial cutters,” said Kevin Moore, the forests’ timber program manager.

Moore said questionnaires were sent to more than 500 potential purchasers to determine market interest and demand for dead and dying trees. The die-off was created by a mountain pine beetle epidemic on 330,000 acres of forestlands in Lake and Klamath counties. About 220,000 acres are on national forest land with the rest on adjacent private timberlands. …

About 7,000 total acres of trees will be cut or thinned, following environmental approvals. Green trees also will be thinned to promote forest health. Moore said the Fremont-Winema annually offers timber sales of 15,000 to 20,000 acres of green, or healthy, trees. … [more]

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