|Timber sale harvests in the Fort McCoy cantonment area
are helping to clear sites for construction or to remove aging trees,
said Jim Kerkman.
Kerkman, Fort McCoy forester, said the harvest work is under way and is
expected to continue until about mid-April.
An employee from Lambert Forest Products, LLC uses a tree
harvester to harvest timber on the eastern side of Fort McCoy’s
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when driving around the
harvesting machines or the semi-trucks used to transport the harvested
Originally, the plan was to hold a timber sale for the western side of
the cantonment area last year, and another sale for the eastern side of
the cantonment area this year. Kerkman said the sales were planned to
remove trees to make way for construction site projects and as part of
the management effort to manage timber resources properly to ensure
healthy tree growth. Because it wasn’t possible for the companies to do
any work last year, all of the work is being done now.
“Now is a good time to hold the timber sales,” Kerkman said. “The road
bans (vehicle weight limits on roads) are in place so the heavy
equipment has to stay off county and town roads. (State) Highway 16 and
the cantonment area roads are designed so they can handle the heavy
Doing the timber sales at this time of year allows logging companies to
keep working at a time they might not have work because of the road
bans, Kerkman said.
The firms involved pay a fee to the Army Corps of Engineers, which
administers the sales, to remove the trees. In turn, the firms sell the
timber to other organizations, such as lumber or paper mills, he added.
Fort McCoy and the Army gain by not having to pay a contractor to remove
the trees from a construction site on the installation.
Some areas that are being readied for construction, such as in the 700
block, will be clear cut. Other areas will have a selective cut to
remove trees and meet installation goals, he said. Forestry staff marked
the trees to ensure the ones identified for removal are the only trees
“Forestry staff members will inspect the work to ensure the companies
are following the contract regulations,” Kerkman said. “The Army has
established sustainable forestry programs on all installations with
timber resources” to ensure the timber is managed in a manner consistent
with Army objectives and good stewardship.
The result of the timber sales will reduce the amount of tree removal
necessary to complete projects and help reduce contract costs, he said.
Timber sales also are held in the training areas. Kerkman said the
harvesting work is done during daylight hours.
For more information about the Fort McCoy Forestry program, call Kerkman