AHSAHKA, Idaho – The Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, invites interested parties to bid on the sale of approximately 122 acres of timber on Corps-managed forest lands at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir in Clearwater County, Idaho.
The timber sale is planned to contain and control an outbreak of Douglas fir beetle in the area east of Dent Bridge in Sections 25 and 26 of T38N, R02E, Boise Meridian.
Detailed information about the timber-sale opportunity, including maps, is available on the Walla Walla District website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/RealEstate/DworshakTimberSaleEastDent1.aspx
. The East Dent IFB (Invitation for Bid) link contains instructions for submitting a bid and minimum bid deposit of 20 percent. Bids are to be submitted in dollars-per-ton of merchantable forest product.
Interested bidders can arrange an inspection of the timber by contacting Dworshak’s Forester Robert Tardif at 208-476-1245. Inspection of the timber is invited by appointment only between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“This timber sale will improve forest health in East Dent by removing the infested and beetle-killed trees,” said Tardif. “It will also reduce the risk of Douglas fir beetles spreading to trees in other areas around the reservoir.”
Bids must be submitted via the U.S. Postal Service or hand-delivered to arrive no later than 2 p.m. on March 3, 2015, to:
Real Estate Contracting Officer
Chief of Real Estate
Walla Walla District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
201 N. 3rd Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Sealed bids will be received until 2 p.m. on March 3, 2015, at which time bids will be opened. Bidders are welcome to attend the bid opening in Walla Walla.
Dworshak Dam and Reservoir is surrounded by 29,318 acres of land that the Corps owns and manages. Maintaining a healthy forest is important for many reasons – ecosystem integrity, as well as wildlife habitat and recreational benefits. Forest health issues can include fuel loading, insect, disease, and parasite outbreaks or infestations. Each of these occur naturally at background levels in a healthy forest ecosystem, yet can become a serious threat to forest health when out of proportion.
For more information about the Douglas fir beetle in Idaho, see the Idaho Forest Products Commission website at www.idahoforests.org/health4b.htm