County Timber Auction Raises Nearly $1.3 Million

It Was the First Timber Auction of the Year

DULUTH, Minn.-The St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department held its first timber auction of the year raising nearly $1.3 million.

They sold 18 timber contracts to small and mid-sized logging companies, along with larger mills. They now have the right to harvest, remove. and sell trees from within the designated boundaries of their contract. These contracts are generally good for three years.

Some of the tracts of land range from 10 to more than 280 acres, featuring numerous types of trees. The contracts are on tax forfeited land, which the county is responsible for managing.

Revenue obtained from the county’s tax forfeited land base go to pay all the expenses of the Land and Minerals Department. Excess revenue is apportioned to the county’s forest development fund and taxing districts such as townships, municipalities, and school districts from which the revenue was obtained. A portion also goes to the county’s general fund.

Within St. Louis County there are nearly 900,000 acres of tax forfeited land.

The county will be offering four additional tax forfeited timber auctions this year – an oral auction on May 10, a sealed-bid auction offering tracts for the harvest of ornamental black spruce tops on Aug. 2, an intermediate oral auction on Aug. 16, and an oral auction on Nov.1. All oral timber auctions are held at the town hall in Cotton.

Timber tracts not purchased at the auction are now available for sale on a first come first served basis through the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department.

For information about tax forfeited timber sales visit stlouiscountymn.gov or call the Land and Minerals Department at (218) 726-2606.

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