Timber sales exceed expectations


MONTESANO — Bids at a public auction for timber harvests earlier this month blew away expectations and will likely generate 27 percent more revenue than estimated. That means more money for Grays Harbor County, its road fund and related special property taxing districts.

The county did six sales with a combined 12.6 million board feet of timber and is expected to generate more than $4.6 million — $1 million more than estimated.

Sierra Pacific Industries at Junction City picked up four of the six sales, including:

• The Little Hoquiam River No. 1 sale with 545,000 board feet of timber for $239,394. The timber had been valued at $192,658.

• The West Fork Andrews Creek No. 1 sale with 2.278 million board feet of timber for $951,390. The timber had been valued at $614,736.

• The Barlow Creek No. 4 sale with 905,000 board feet of timber for $375,659. The timber had been valued at $318,755.

• The John’s River A-Line No. 1 sale with 3.385 million board feet for $1.058 million. The timber had been valued at $934,162.

Nelson Creek Salvage picked up the Nelson Creek Salvage sale, consisting of 2.436 million board feet of timber, with a bid of $913,858. The sales had been valued at $701,388.

And WT Timber, LLC got the high bid at $1.071 million for S. Fork John’s River No. 1, with 3.156 million board feet. The sale had been valued at $860,450.

The county’s general fund is expected to see a bump of $585,042. That’s really good news for the commissioners, who had budgeted to just get $300,000 this year.

The county’s road fund is expected to get $624,481 and the tax title fund, manager by the county’s Forestry Division, gets more than $1.1 million. The Port of Grays Harbor gets $132,292, Timberland Regional Library District $146,965. Emergency Medical Service $26,329 and schools split almost $1.2 million.