Crawford County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously ratified a contract for the sale of county timber for $83,830 with Scott Pettit.

The timber is located on a 41.6-acre parcel of county land located about 1.5 miles north of Hydetown between Route 8 and Kinsack Road, and the contract represents the first collaboration between the county and Bureau of Forestry officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, according to DCNR Service Forester Mark Lewis.

“In the past, they’ve used forest consultants,” Lewis said after discussion of the timber sale at the commissioners’ most recent study session. The harvesting of timber will be incorporated into the forest management plan for all of the county-owned forested properties.

“There’s a lot of planning that went into this,” Lewis said. Additional sales could occur in the future, Lewis added.

The timber consists mostly of hardwood trees, Lewis said, including black cherry, red oak, sugar maple and “a little bit of everything.”

Part of the parcel has been marked for clear cutting, according to Lewis.

“We did a lot of plot taking and a lot of studying to make sure the (forest) is going to come back,” Lewis said. “The previous cuts in that area left us with few options.”

Pettit’s bid was the highest of two received by the county, according to Lewis. Timber at the site could again be harvested in 40 to 60 years, Lewis said.

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