Some 1.372 million board feet of timber on 27.9 acres will be harvested and sold to fund the reserves of the Aberdeen Public Works Department. The area, predominately conifer trees, is on the eastern boundary of the Wishkah Watershed and drains into the Wynooche River.
The trees are 70 to 80 years old and subject to blowdown, Engineer Mike Lentz, who is also city forester, told the Public Works Committee of the City Council. The trees are also vulnerable to fire and disease at this age, he said. The council approved putting the area out to bid Wednesday.
Bid documents are available at the engineering division in April with the target of May 20 for receipt of bids at City Hall. The current price of timber is approximately $450 per 1,000 feet, said Lentz.