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Government holds timber sales at Fort Polk


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) holds timber sales in Louisiana at Fort Polk through Government Timber Contracts. It’s part of the USACE forest product sales held each year at its Civil Lake Projects and Military Installations, according to an USACE release.


Core Walk, district/division forester for the USACE Fort Worth District, said the timber sales are advertised the government website www.SAM.gov as an Invitation for Bid.


“The website provides full timber contract information and allows for specific timber sale searches,” Walk said in an email. “For example, to search for IFB DACW63-9-23-0520, enter “DACW63-9-23-0520” in the search field “Any Words.”


According to information provided by Walk, timber sales are offered each year and could include pine, hardwood or other kinds of forest products. Sales are marked prior to harvest.


“Forest products for solicitation generally include but are not limited to pine pulpwood, pine Chip-N-Saw, pine sawtimber, hardwood pulpwood, hardwood sawtimber and pallet wood,” according to the information. “Timber sales may take the form of lump sum, pay-as-cut, or salvage timber contracts. Operations range from first thinnings, selection thinnings, shelterwood cuts, regeneration cuts, seed tree cuts, etc. Bid contract forms and an initial deposit/letter of credit are typically required as part of an acceptable timber bid.”


A real estate contracting officer with the USACE Fort Worth District, Real Estate Division reviews bids prior to awarding winning bids.


USACE timber sales and disposals are done for a variety of reasons:


• Supports installation/civil lake project multiple-use mission of forest resources.


• Improved/more realistic training scenarios for our warfighters.


• Assists in removal of forest cover for military construction projects.


• Promotes good public relations by making forest products available to the local economy on a sustained-yield basis.


• Promotes good land stewardship practices by maintaining a healthy forest.


• Improves wildlife habitat for threatened/endangered species.


Anyone interested in being added to the USACE Fort Worth District Government Forest Products/Timber Bidders list, wanting to bid on timber contracts or needing help using the SAM.gov website can contact Walk by calling his office at 817-886-1131 or cellphone at 817-372-5031 or by emailing him at corey.d.walk@usace.army.mil.

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