Six Rivers sells Waterman timber sale

EUREKA, Calif. – Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr. has announced that the Waterman Timber Sale, on the forest’s Lower Trinity Ranger District, was sold to the Trinity River Lumber Company, of Weaverville, California. The sale volume is about 1,461 MBF (2,738 CCF) and has an estimated weight of 8,716 tons.

“It feels good to know that all the hard work by forest staff in preparing the environmental documents and other associated work to get us to this point paid off,” said George. “We are pleased that one of our partners will be treating the land and providing local employment.”

“The material from this sale will fit well in the operation of the North Fork Lumber sawmill we opened in January in Korbel,” said Joe Miller of Trinity River Lumber Company. “It was great to see the Forest Service offer up this sawmill volume.” The Korbel Mill is managed by Russ Dorvall.

The Waterman sale will treat conifer plantation stands through manual and mechanical thinning, followed by low-intensity prescribed burn treatments, as well as additional fuels reduction work on the Waterman Ridge and associated road systems.

The ridge has served as a major strategic control factor during fire suppression actions in many recent fire seasons, including in 2015 during the River Complex fires that threatened the nearby residents of Willow Creek, Salyer and Hawkins Bar. In addition, Forest Service Route 4, a high-maintenance road that traverses the ridge, was identified as a secondary access/egress road for nearby residents in Willow Creek’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

Waterman Sales Group

In photo (L to R): Joe Miller (Trinity River Lumber Co.), Nolan Colegrove (Lower Trinity District Ranger), Russ Duvall (North Fork Lumber sawmill), Merv George Jr. (Forest Supervisor), Michael Green (Deputy Forest Supervisor)