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Commissioners approve salvage timber sales
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Wednesday business session unanimously approved two salvage timber sales for forestlands burned during the summer’s wildfires.

Commission Chair Simon Hare prompted the vote during other on the agenda and he said because the contracts were drafted late last week it didn’t have time to make it on the agenda.

The two separate timber sales will net the county approximately $691,000. Hare said the county received a good deal for the fire-damaged timber and the purchaser, Boise Cascade, is scheduled to begin harvesting next week.

Hare said, “We’re going to be aggressive in reforestation,” and he added that it will cost roughly $750,000 to $1 million to reforest roughly 2,600 acres of land.

Commissioner Cherryl Walker said there were many lost opportunities for acres of timber that were too immature to harvest and would have been harvestable in 30 years.

Commissioners also unanimously approved the requisition of two positions for Community Corrections, an alcohol and drug counselor and senior development specialist, who are paid for through state funds and will prove useful with additional prosecutors recently employed in the District Attorney’s Office.