North Fork timber sale on state land goes to bid

The timber sale in the Coal Creek State Forest has started the bid process . . .

A proposed state timber sale in the North Fork near Winona Ridge will go out for bid this spring, according to Stillwater State Forest unit manager Brian Manning.

The Moran Cyclone Timber Sale calls for harvesting up to 6 million board feet of timber from 2,901 acres on the Coal Creek State Forest.

The sale would make about $1.3 million for the School of Mines, State Normal School, public buildings and Montana State University trusts.

The area is a mix of western larch, Douglas fir, lodgepole pine and subalpine fir that was logged in the 1930s, early 1980s and early 1990s. About one-third of the project area burned in the 2001 Moose Fire.

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