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The Burnett County Forest and Parks Department opened bids for the April timber bids. The bids totaled just over $445,000.

Forest Administrator Jake Nichols told the Sentinel, that prices were good for what they sold but there were a number of land tracts that were not sold.

“However, the pine pulp sales continue to have poor markets,” he added.

Of the 14 tracts that were up for bidding, only nine had qualifying bids. The nine bids went to seven different logging contractors.

The minimum bid total for all 14 tracts was just over $490,000.

Due to Gov. Tony Evers Safer at Home order, the Burnett County Government Center has been closed to the public and the April Natural Resources committee meeting was canceled.

Instead of having the public meeting, Forest Administrator Jake Nichols sent a letter to interested parties explaining the bids would be opened by the Forest and Parks Department on April 9 at 9:30 a.m. The bids were recorded and the completed bid sheet was reviewed by the County Administrator, Nate Ehalt, and County Board Chair, Don Taylor, and the winning bidders were approved.

Last April, sales exceeded $690,000 and they only sold 11 of the 14 land tracts. There is another timber bid opening set for November.