For the fifth year in a row the amount of timber sold from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has increased.

“The Forest sold more than 100 million board feet in 2016, this was the first time we had been at that level since 2001,” said Paul Strong, forest supervisor with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Strong said the National Forest has been able to increase timber sales and sustainable forest management activities through farm bill authorities like Stewardship Contracting and Good Neighbor Authority.

With a month left in the federal fiscal year, the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has sold 118.4 million board feet of timber and anticipates selling an additional 4.7 million board feet by Sept. 30 through a competitive bid process.

“In all, the Forest could sell a little more than 123 (million board feet) of timber this year,” Strong said. “That is a tremendous accomplishment which not only increases progress toward the goals and objectives outlined in the Forest Plan but supports the local communities where our employees live and work.”

Last year, the Forest sold 114.8 million board feet for a value of $9.77 million. In 2016, contractors harvested 99.36 million board feet of timber valued at $8.1 million. Timber purchasers typically have two to three years to complete harvest operations after purchasing a sale.

In addition to the Forest’s timber program contributing to the local economy, the Forest also offers the full spectrum of outdoor recreation opportunities. From developed campgrounds to primitive camping, to beaches, boat launches and picnic areas, to non-motorized and motorized trails, and the thousands of miles of roads open to vehicles, the Forest provides a variety of outdoor experiences that draw locals and visitors alike to the National Forest.

“Fall color season is just around the corner, which is a beautiful time of year to enjoy your National Forest and northern Wisconsin,” Strong said.

For more information about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, see www.fs.usda.gov/​CNNF.