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No state bid for tree farm
Published August 25, 2004
The state of Oregon won't be submitting a bid for
the Longbell Tree Farm.
Brown visited with officials in Lake and Klamath
counties in early August to gauge interest in
having the state purchase the land and manage it
as a state forest.
Officials at Realty Marketing/ Northwest, the
Portland-based company selling the land for Timber
Resources, said the sale should be complete by
The companies and individuals interested in the
90,000-acre piece of land hail from around the
country and Canada, she added, but no bids have
been received yet.
The land can be bid on as one large piece, or four
separate tracts. Three tracts are in Lake County,
one is in Klamath County.
Officials with the Klamath Tribes, whose original
reservation in 1864 included the land, have also
said they don't have enough time or money to
submit a bid.
He said the land is important for its timber
production and its potential as a conservation
area. To achieve both, The Nature Conservancy
would want to team up with a company or agency in
the timber sales business.
Even if it is sold to someone else, Marvin Brown
said he and other forestry officials have learned
that there is support for the state possibly
managing more land in Lake and Klamath counties.
Brown said he plans to send a letter to the
elected officials he met with, which include Lake
and Klamath county commissioners and state Sen.
Steve Harper, explaining what the state learned in
"They are the only government agency that I would have supported," said Steve West, Klamath County Commissioner.
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