USFS awards Manti timber sale to Utah company

A Utah company was awarded a timber contract in the Manti portion of the Manti La Sal Mountains. Photo by Acp~commonswiki/Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service awarded the Black Canyon timber sale, which is located on the Manti-La Sal National Forest, to the Utah firm Timberline. This timber sale will help reduce hazardous fuels on the forest floor as it authorizes the removal of 140,000 hundred cubic feet (ccf) of dead and down trees, according to a statement from the USFS.

The Black Canyon sale is located within the Canyons project area in Sanpete and Emery counties. All proceeds from this sale will go to the local area to be used for reforestation.

“In addition to providing local business with a key timber resource, the Black Canyon timber sale is an important project to improve forest conditions,” said Intermountain Regional Forester Nora Rasure.

The Canyons project will restore the forest to a healthier condition within the project area, which includes watersheds that are important to local communities, said a USFS statement. The project is specifically designed to improve watershed health, restore healthier species composition and structure to the forest, reduce risks of uncharacteristic wildfire effects, and mitigate threats to communities, according to the USFS.

“It is a great feeling to know that through the Black Canyon timber sales, the Manti-La Sal National Forest is supporting the local economy and industry while helping to protect our communities from unwanted wildfires,” said Ryan Nehl, Manti La-Sal forest supervisor. “This project really embodies the shared stewardship mission, and we are proud of that.”

Shared stewardship is a strategy that provides the State of Utah and Forest Service an opportunity to work together to respond to the growing challenges faced by managers and owners of forests such as catastrophic wildfires, drought, and insect disease. This summer, the two entities identified the Canyons project as a priority under this agreement, according to the Forest Service.

“It’s encouraging to see the State of Utah and Forest Service working together to restore forest health in critical watersheds statewide,” said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. “Through shared stewardship we are able to identify and quickly pursue shovel-ready projects that can have immediate benefits. We look forward to many more important projects like the Black Canyons timber sale.”