U.S. Forest Service reduces minimum bidding price, extends how long companies have to complete work on two Bitterroot timber sales failing to draw bids

HAMILTON, Montana , December 27, 2011 () – U.S. Forest Service officials say significant changes have been made to two potential timber sales in the Bitterroot National Forest that received no bids earlier this month.

Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor Julie King told the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/vH7FGI) that the agency reduced the minimum bidding price and extended how long companies have to complete the work.

One of the projects is the 210-acre Como Campground sale and involves nearly 700,000 board feet of timber. Officials said the project includes salvaging beetle killed trees in and around the Lake Como Recreation Area.

The other project is in the Sapphire Mountains and contains about 40 acres of already cut and stacked logs.

King said the agency will soon be accepting new bids on the projects.

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