Medford District sells 25 million board feet of timber

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Bureau of Land Management Medford District sold nearly 25 million board feet of timber during an oral auction on Thursday, Oct 29.

Timber Products was the high bidder for the “Bear Grub” timber sale. The 12 million board feet of timber sold for the appraised value of $1,085,651.20. The sale is located on Oregon and California Railroad Grant (O&C) Lands in Jackson County.

Boise Cascade was the high bidder for the “Lodgepole” timber sale. The 11.2 million board feet of timber sold for $3,447,965.60 million, significantly above the appraised value of $2.2 million. The sale is located on O&C Lands in Jackson County.

Estremado Logging was the high bidder for the “Savage Murph” timber sale. The 0.828 million board feet of timber sold for the appraised value of $51,077.20. The sale is located on O&C Lands in Josephine County.

Macs LLC was the high bidder for the “Wild Bill” timber sale. The 0.549 million board feet of timber sold for the appraised value of $90,977.20. The sale is located on O&C Lands in Josephine County.

The BLM manages 2.4 million acres of timberlands in western Oregon, under two programs: O&C Lands and public domain lands. Timber sales like these are a critical part of the BLM’s active forest management and are important for promoting resilient landscapes. BLM timberlands are some of the most productive in the world, and contain a diversity of plant and animal species, wild and scenic rivers, wilderness areas, and cultural and historical resources. In addition to opportunities for harvest, these timberlands provide multiple uses including recreation, mining, grazing, and more.

A sustainable forestry program is critical to the economies in western Oregon. Local communities rely on the jobs and timber that come from BLM land, and the BLM is committed to providing predictable and sustainable timber harvest opportunities. Revenue generated from timber sales on O&C lands are split between 18 western Oregon counties and the general fund of the U.S. Treasury, as designated under the O&C Lands Sustained Yield Management Act of 1937. The revenue generated from the timber harvested on Public Domain land is deposited with the U.S Treasury.

It takes approximately 16,000 board feet of lumber to frame a 2,000-square-foot home. The combined 25 million board feet of timber sold today is enough to build approximately 1,575 family sized residential homes.

For additional information on the Bureau of Land Management’s timber program, please visit https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/forests-and-woodlands/timber-sales.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Bureau of Land Management

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Medford District Office

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