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Timber Sales on State Forests

Department forester using blue tree marking paint on a tree.
Trees are marked with paint
before being sold to
the highest bidder.

Pursuant to Section 9-0505 of the Environmental Conservation Law, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) sells standing timber from State Forests. The timber is marked by DEC foresters and then sold to the highest responsible bidder through a public, competitive bidding process.

Green Certification

DEC's Division of Lands and Forests manages State Forests according to the sustainability standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) (leaves DEC website) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) (leaves DEC website) - two organizations internationally recognized for establishing forest management standards. DEC's Division of Lands and Forests undergoes annual surveillance audits to certify that the standards are being met.

Timber sale contracts include provisions requiring the buyer to abide by best management practices (BMPs) to protect environmental resources. These BMPs include the use of temporary bridges or culverts to protect streams, installation of erosion control devices during and at completion of the harvest, seasonal harvesting restrictions to avoid wet soil conditions, and equipment restrictions to protect sensitive areas, among others.

Logger Training Requirements

Any person who will perform any duties related to the felling, handling and removal of trees under timber sale contracts on State Forests will be required to be Trained Logger Certified® (TLC) through the New York Logger Training Program (leaves DEC website). The New York Logger Training Program maintains this list of certified timber harvesters.

Truck drivers and loader operators are not required to be TLC if their only duties are the loading of forest products onto trucks and/or transportation of forest products from the harvest site.

Tree Growth

Current estimates based on forest inventory data and timber sale records indicate that DEC harvests less than half of the average annual growth each year. In other words, after accounting for natural death and harvest removals, the volume of wood on State Forests is still increasing.

Type of Timber Sales

Local sales have a winning bid amount less than $10,000, and are approved by the Regional Forester. Revenue sales have a winning bid of $10,000 or more, and require DEC approval. All sales valued at more than $500 (and those less than $500 which are thought to have substantial public interest) are publicly advertised and competitively bid.

Timber Sale Forms and Guidance

Generic Acknowledgment Form (PDF) - Many State timber sale contract documents require proper acknowledgment by a certified Notary Public. Documents that require proper acknowledgment include the contract itself, Certificate of Deposit for a performance bond, and extension requests. This generic acknowledgment form may be used when acknowledging documents related to a State timber sale.

Parties interested in bidding must contact the appropriate DEC office to obtain the required Sale of Forest Products Proposal, Bidders/Proposer's Certification, and bid envelope. Bids submitted on something other than the Forest Products Proposal, without the Bidder's/Proposer's Certification, and/or without a bid deposit, will be rejected.

Bid results will be posted no sooner than 24 hours after the bid opening date.

Effective January 1, 2019, State Finance Law §139-1 requires bidders on state procurements to complete and submit a Sexual Harassment Prevention Certification with their Bid Proposal and Bidder's/Proposer's Certification forms. Bidders will find the certification on Page 2 of the "Addendum" for the advertised sale, or, it will be included in the Notice of Sale of Forests Products, on the reverse side of the Bid Proposal.

Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 1

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
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Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 3

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
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Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 4

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
X012617
July 14, 2022
sftwd Albany 1 (PDF) $38,453.24 Albany
X012472
April 21, 2022
hrdwd Delaware 4 (PDF) $31,228.40 Albany 1) Wagner Millwork, LLC - $46,359.46
2) Gutchess Lumber Co., Inc. - $44,460
3) Schaefer Logging, Inc. - $41,161
X012512
March 17, 2022
sftwd

Schoharie 13 (PDF)

Addendum to Contract (PDF)
$30,000 Albany 1) FS Forestry, LLC - $42,250
2) Wadsworth Logging, LLC - $39,230
3) Prentiss & Carlisle Mgmt. Co. - $35,200

Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 5

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
X012474
Feb. 3, 2022
hrdwd Fulton 2 (PDF) $31,200 Albany

1) Gutchess Lumber Co. - $64,483
2) Baillie Lumber Co. - $56,032.05
3) Empire Forestry & Excavation - $42,760

Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 6

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
TX12557
April 21, 2022
hrdwd Lewis 11 (PDF) $6,597.50 Albany 1) Paul Sullivan - $8,210
2) Darwin Keefer - $6,600
3) KJ Zehr Logging, LLC - $6,600
X012561
April 14, 2022
sftwd Lewis 24 (PDF) $35,023 Albany 1) M.J. Lyndaker Logging, LLC - $92,500
2) Lyndaker Timber Harvesting - $81,000
3) K.J. Zehr Logging, LLC - $59,500
4) Darwin Keefer - $55,000
5) Paul Sullivan Logging - $44,500
6)Van Alstine Logging, LLC - $37,000

Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 7

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
TX12618
July 28, 2022
sftwd Chenango 38 (PDF) $13,428 Albany
TX12609
July 7, 2022
hrdwd Chenango 19 (PDF) $11,619.50 Albany
X012596
May 26, 2022
sftwd/
hrdwd
Oswego 4 (PDF) $65,491.02 Albany
X012574
April 28, 2022
hrdwd Chenango 2 & 25 (PDF) $28,600 Albany 1) Wagner Millwork, LLC - $73,258.48
2) Gutchess Lumber Co. Inc. - $58,841
3) DK Logging, LLC - $35,750
4) Welch Logging - $32,000
X012567
April 28, 2022
sftwd/
hrdwd
Chenango 1 (PDF) $99,900 Albany 1) Prentiss & Carlisle Mgmt. Co., Inc. - $221,000
2) Empire Forestry & Excavation, LLC - $171,000
3) Wadsworth Logging, Inc. - $150,000
TX12552
April 21, 2022
hrdwd Madison 12 (PDF) $12,120 Albany 1) Gutchess Lumber Co. - $18,260
2) Baillie Lumber Co. - $17,077
3) DK Logging, LLC - $15,850
4) Empire Forestry & Excavation, LLC - $13,650
X012533
April 21, 2022
sftwd/
hrdwd
Chenango 21 (PDF) $78,200 Albany 1) Wadsworth Logging, Inc. - $185,000
X012551
April 14, 2022
sftwd Chenango 19 (PDF) $75,285 Albany 1) Prentiss & Carlisle Mgmt. Co. - $111,000
2) Wadsworth Logging, Inc. - $95,000
TX12509
March 31, 2022
hrdwd Chenango 5 (PDF) $7,310 Albany 1) Baillie Lumber Co., LP - $16,700
2) Welch Logging - $12,000
3) DK Logging, LLC - $11,650
4) RMS Gravel, Inc. - $8,835
5) Wilson's Logging & Firewood - $7,777
X012522
March 17, 2022
sftwd Madison 1 (PDF) $37,695 Albany 1) Wadsworth Logging, Inc. - $72,200
2) Empire Forestry & Excavation - $62,880
3) Ellsworth Horse Shoeing - $41,260
4) PRF Pulp & Logging - $40,000
5) Prentiss & Carlisle Mgmt. Co. - $37,700
X012515
March 10, 2022
sftwd Cayuga 4 (PDF) $24,590.50 Albany 1) RMS Gravel, Inc. - $48,280
2) Prentiss & Carlisle Mgmt. Co. - $41,500
3) Wadsworth Logging, Inc. - $30,000

Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 8

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
X012540
March 31, 2022
hrdwd Steuben 21 (PDF) $90,394.70 Albany 1) Gutchess Lumber Co. - $184,753
2) Two Rivers Timber Co. - $170,430
3) Wagner Hardwoods, LLC - $100,061
X012521
March 17, 2022
sftwd Livingston 1 (PDF) $67,076 Albany 1) Wadsworth Logging, Inc. - $140,750
2) PRF Pulp & Logging - $70,000

Timber Sales on State Forests in Region 9

Contract # /
Bid Opening Date
Timber Notice of Sale Minimum
Bid
Submit
to*
Bid Results
X012622
July 28, 2022
hrdwd/
sftwd
Allegany 15 (PDF) $28,446.20 Albany
TX12616
July 7, 2022
sftwd Chautauqua 3 (PDF) $13,108 Albany
TX12492
June 30, 2022
hrdwd Wyoming 1 (PDF) $5,919 Albany
X012595
June 2, 2022
sftwd Cattaraugus 18 (PDF) $34,120.40 Albany
X012579
May 5, 2022
sftwd Chautauqua 2 (PDF) $39,061 Albany 1) Wadsworth Logging - $57,060
2) PRF Pulp & Logging - $45,250
X012516
March 10, 2022
sftwd Cattaraugus 18 (PDF) $85,914 Albany 1) Timber Ridge Logging, LLC - $104,125
2) Wadsworth Logging, Inc. - $90,000