Timber Sales allow the purchaser to harvest timber for commercial purposes on public land.
- Inquiry is made to BLM Field Office. Find contact inforamtion for appropriate Filed Office.
- Determine the availability of suitable timber.
- The purchaser may be required to prepare a competitive bid for sale.
- High bidder is awarded sale.
- Purchaser prepares logging plan, submits required bonds and prepayments.
- Purchaser makes payment for timber by either a lump sum or installments.
Most timber sales are sold through a bidding process. Sales are prepared ahead of time and advertised upon completion. Successful bidders are generally awarded a contract within several days after the bidding is closed. Noncompetitive sales in established areas may be sold almost immediately upon application.
- Fair market value of the timber is determined through an appraisal.
- Competitive bid sales are awarded to the highest bidder.
- Each timber sale is unique. Requirements for each sale will be issued as part of each sale package.
- The availability of timber "for sale" depends on the age and condition of the timber, land status, public demand, and other land use considerations.
The purchaser has the right to appeal throughout the timber sale process.
The purchaser is liable for terms of the timber sale contract. Cutting and removing timber without a contract or permit is considered timber trespass. Trespassers are subject to civil and criminal prosecution.