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Tribes bidding on Longbell
Allen Foreman, chairman
of the Chiloquin-based Tribes, wouldn't give any
details of the bid on the Longbell Tree Farm.
Once part of the
original Klamath Indian Reservation set by the
treaty of 1864, the acreage has long been held by
Weyerhaeuser sold the
parcel in 1996 to U.S. Timberlands, which has since
become Timber Resource Services.
Foreman said the Tribes
retained hunting and fishing rights for the land, so
they have a vested interest in it.
Whether anyone else
will enter a bid for the 144-square-mile tree farm
northeast of Chiloquin remains unknown.
Sealed bids on the
property are due today at 5 p.m. to Realty
Marketing/ Northwest, the Portland company selling
the land for Timber Resource Services.
"That information is
really proprietary," said John Rosenthal, company
Foreman said the
bidding information packet indicated it would be a
week until bidders would be notified whether they
had the winning bid.
"I'm optimistic we will
get multiple bids," he said.
Three-quarters of the
tree farm is in Lake County, with the remainder in
Klamath County. The land can either be bought in one
big chunk or in quarters.
Some groups have said
they are not going to put in a bid, while others
declined to say one way or the other.
Pacific, which is undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy
proceedings and is selling its mill in Gilchrist,
will not be putting in a bid, said company spokesman
"We don't give that
kind of information out," said Jason DeVries, a real
estate manager for Jeld-Wen.
"We were interested in
the possibility of partnering with someone, but in
the time frame, that didn't materialize," said Mark
Stern, Klamath Basin director for The Nature
"It's just there wasn't
enough time until September 15," he said.
The Nature Conservancy
is still interested, too, Sterns said, but a partner
would need to be found.
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