A thinning project with group selection is proposed for approximately 66 acres of the Bear Creek Watershed during the summer of 2022. The harvest is located on Spur 12, between patch cuts that were conducted approximately 15 years ago. This project has been designed for long-term water quality, forest health, and resilience goals.
The thinning treatments are taking place in stands with a high proportion of Douglas Fir and Hemlock. The Douglas Fir is impacted by Swiss Needlecast, and both species show signs of being overstocked.
The thinning treatment will re-allocate resources to vigorous trees, improving forest health. In addition, small areas of group selection, between one-quarter to one-acre in size, will create increased structural complexity at a stand level and provide pockets of early seral habitat (patches of younger forest). Anticipated removal volume is 25-35% of total stand volume. The spacing of retention trees mimics the spacing of historic (pre. 1900) forests in the Bear Creek Watershed, allowing for the development of healthy understory and shrub strata with widely spaced large overstory trees. The harvest unit is bisected by numerous spur roads. Approximately 2,500 feet of the road will require repairs including the placement of two new culverts.
On March 21, 2022, City Council authorized staff to solicit bids for the project. The call for bids was advertised in the Astorian, bid packets were sent to sixteen prospective purchasers and two bids were received. Sierra Pacific Industries was the highest of the two bids at $311,350.95. On May 2, 2022, Council authorized staff to award this project to Sierra Pacific Industries.
The net proceeds to the Capital Improvement Fund from these forest treatments are estimated to be $ 236,350.98 once an approximate credit of $75,000.00 for roadwork is subtracted. Receiving full revenue from this project is dependent on weather, actual timber removal volume, and final road work costs.
The work is currently anticipated to start in June and will take place through the summer and early fall.
2022 Timber Harvest Exhibit Map
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