NOVEMBER 12, 2003
Dear Timber Producer:
Enclosed, please find a Special Timber Sale Advertisement for Wind-Damaged Timber on the Rusk County
Forest. The Forest suffered extensive damage from the June 11, 2001 windstorm and offers the following sales at this time.
In an effort to cut and salvage this wind damaged timber:
- Rusk County will allow only 2 wind damaged timber sale contracts to any 1 contractor.
- Rusk County will write 1-year wind damaged timber sale contracts only. “TIMBER SALE IS TO BE CUT
IN 1 YEAR.” Timber Sale Contracts will be written to expire on OCTOBER 31, 2004
- Current Rusk County Forest Timber Sale Contractors who are at their maximum number of sales with Rusk
County under our current policy will be allowed to have 2 additional wind damaged timber sales. Rusk
County expects these wind damaged sales to be cut first, if possible.
If any contractor is the highest bidder on more than 2 wind damaged timber sales, Rusk County will select which bids will be awarded. The awarding of sales will be done on a basis of the largest price differential between the total highest bid and the next highest bid or zero, if no other bids were received. The total bid value of the sale will be used to determine the value of the bid.
All other provisions and policy will remain the same as our regular timber sales. Potential bidders should contact the Rusk County Forestry Administrator for clarification and further information.
All volume estimates on these wind damaged timber sales are extremely rough estimates based on visual observations. All bidders are encouraged to inspect the timber sales themselves to make their own estimates of volume and value of the damaged timber to be cut.
All sealed bids are due by_11:00 A.M. MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2003; Sealed bids will be opened at
TIMBER FOR SALE
SEALED BIDS will be received by the Rusk County Land and Forestry Committee for Timber Sales in the Rusk County Forest until 11:00 A.M. ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2003
WIND DAMAGED TIMBER SALES
TRACT # 8-03 - 30 MBF – Red Oak, 10 MBF – Hard Maple, 6 MBF – Basswood,
6 MBF – Misc. Hdwd Logs.
1000 Cords – Misc. Hdwd, 200 Cords – Aspen Pulp.
TRACT # 9-03 - 115 MBF – Hard Maple, 40 MBF – Basswood, 25 MBF – Red Oak,
17 MBF – Ash, 15 MBF – Misc. Hdwd Logs.
2000 Cords – Misc. Hdwd Pulp.
TRACT # 10-03 - 15 MBF – Red Oak, 10 MBF – Hard Maple, 10 MBF – Misc. Hdwd Logs.
400 Cords – Misc. Hdwd., 75 Cords – Aspen Pulp.
The indication of estimated volume is no guarantee of that volume. More or less volume may actually be on the tract and it is the obligation of the bidder to view the tract for purposes of making his own estimate of
A deposit of 10% of the total bid must be enclosed with all bids. Bids will be understood to be irrevocable offers for a period of 14 days. Deposits will be returned to unsuccessful bidders.
A performance bond of 25% of the total bid is required of the successful bidder, who will have 30 days after bid opening to deposit the additional 15%.
All bids must be accompanied by Certification of Workman's Compensation Insurance, or the timber buyer must sign off by the disclaimer in the timber sale contract.
ALL BIDS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PROOF OF COMPREHENSIVE GENERAL LIABILITY.
ALL BIDS MUST BE IN INDIVIDUAL, SEALED ENVELOPES WITH THE FOLLOWING CLEARLY
MARKED ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE ENVELOPE.
- SEALED TIMBER BID
- NAME OF CONTRACTOR
- TRACT #
Irrevocable Letters of Credit will be accepted as a performance bond in the amount of 25% of the total bid. Irrevocable Letters of Credit will be made out for at least one (1) year to expire on OCTOBER 31,
of that year. LETTERS NOT SHOWING AN EXPIRATION DATE OF OCTOBER 31 WILL NOT BE
The County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Additional information and bid forms may be obtained at the:
Rusk County Forestry Dept.
311 Miner Ave. E.,
Ladysmith, 54848. (715) 532-2113.
Fax (715) 532-2114
Email – R.C.Forest.WI@Centurytel.net
RUSK COUNTY TIMBER SALE PROSPECTUS – NOTICE OF SEALED BIDS
Sealed bids will be accepted by the Rusk County Forestry Committee for the purchase of the designated stumpage
on the attached tracts. Bids will be opened on MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2003 at 11:00 A.M. in the Law
Enforcement Center Meeting Room of the Law Enforcement Building, Courthouse, Ladysmith, WI 54848. No bids
will be accepted after the start of the bid opening.
1. Sealed bids are to be marked with the bidders’ name and the tract number on the envelope.
2. Bids must be placed separately for each tract.
3. Bid form must be filled out in their entirety.
4. Bids must be made per cord or per thousand board feet as indicated on the sale prospectus.
5. Bids must be accompanied by an irrevocable letter of credit, check or cash equal to 10% of the total
bid value of the sale.
6. The estimated volume indicated on the timber sale prospectus is no guarantee of that volume. More
or less volume may actually be on the tract and it is the obligation of the bidder to view the tract for
purposes of making his own estimate of the volume. New bidders and other bidders unfamiliar with
Rusk County Timber Sales and Policies should contact the Forest Administrator prior to bidding. The
Administrator reserves the right to require an on-site meeting with the successful bidder before any
operations can begin. Bidders may use ATV’s to view the tract for purposes of determining a potential
bid; with the permission of the Rusk County Forest Administrator.
II. INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS:
1. Successful bidder must agree to perform all operations under his contract in compliance with
Wisconsin’s Workman’s Compensation Act, Chapter 102, Wisconsin Statutes.
2. The successful bidder must provide Rusk County with a Certificate of Insurance indicating Workers
Compensation coverage is in force for all timber producers on the site or must sign off by the
disclaimer in the timber sale contract.
3. A certificate of Comprehensive General Liability Insurance must accompany all bids. Rusk County will
be listed as a holder of Certificate before operations begin.
III. TIMBER SALE CONTRACT AWARDING:
1. The number of Timber Sale Contracts that any one timber producer may have will be based on a
proven performance record with Rusk County.
2. All new contractors will be allowed to have only 2 Contracts (Timber Sales) with Rusk County, under
contract until they have successfully completed (Closed Out) 1 or more contracts.
3. Once 1 contract is successfully completed, the contractor will be allowed to have a total of 3 Rusk
County Timber Sale contracts.
4. When 2 Rusk County Timber Sale Contracts have been successfully completed, the contractor will be
allowed to have a total of 4 contracts.
5. When a contractor has successfully completed 3 or more Rusk County Timber Sale Contracts, that
contractor will be allowed to have a total of 6 contracts with Rusk County.
6. 6 Contracts will be the maximum number of Rusk County Contracts that any one timber producer will
be allowed to have at any one time.
7. If a new bidder or current Rusk County Contractor is the highest bidder on more sales than he is
eligible to be allowed with Rusk County, the County will select which bids will be awarded. The
awarding of sales will be done on a basis of the largest price differential between the total highest bid
and the next highest bid or zero, if no other bids were received. The total bid value of the sale will be
used to determine the value of the bid.
IV. PERFORMANCE DEPOSITS:
1. The 10% Bid Deposit of successful bidders will be retained as a performance deposit. Bids will be
understood to be irrevocable offers for a period of 14 days. Deposits will be returned to unsuccessful
bidders. A Performance Deposit of 25% of the total bid is required of the successful bidder, who will
have 30 days after the bid opening to deposit the additional 15%.
2. The performance deposit may be replaced by an irrevocable letter of credit. Irrevocable letters of
credit will be made out for at least one year to expire on APRIL 30of that year.
3. Upon successful completion of the contract, the performance deposits will be returned after the timber
V. CONTRACTS AND EXTENSIONS:
1. Contracts Must be signed and returned to the Forest Administrator within 30 days of the bid letting.
The 10% performance deposit may be held by the County if a contract is not signed within this time
2. All contracts will be issued for a period of ONE year.
3. Timber Sale Contracts may be extended beyond two years under the following renewal schedule.
Contract Age Stumpage Rate Increase
Initial Contract 0 – 2.0 Years -- st 1 Renewal 2.0 – 2.5 Years 0% nd 2 Renewal 2.5 – 3.0 Years 5% rd 3 Renewal 3.0 – 3.5 Years 10% th 4 Renewal 3.5 – 4.0 Years 10% th 5 Renewal 4.0 – 4.5 Years 25% th 6 Renewal 4.5 – 5.0 Years 25%
4. No renewals will be granted when contract reaches 5 years of age. Contracts will be closed out
and performance deposits confiscated.
5. All contractors which have Rusk County Timber Sale Contracts that are 4 years or older, will not be
allowed to purchase any additional Rusk County Timber Sales until all current contracts 4 years of age
or older are closed out.
The Contract expiration date for tracts sold at this offering will be the following unless stated
otherwise on the timber sale prospectus: BLOWDOWN SALES EXPIRE APRIL 30, 2004.
VI. VOLUME STANDARDS/STUMPAGE PAYMENTS:
1. Rusk County reserves the right to either accept mill scale or scale wood on the site.
2. All scaled sales will have wood scaled by Forestry Dept. staff prior to wood being removed from the
sale. Payment for stumpage will be within 10 days of scaling.
3. Saw log merchantability standards are: All pine with at least one 100” log to a 9”top; all hardwood with
at least one 100” log to a 10” top.
4. All saw logs will be scaled using Scribner Decimal C. Log Rule.
5. Pulpwood merchantability standards for all species except basswood, with at least one 100” stick are
to a 4” top.
6. Basswood pulp must be utilized to an 8” top. If basswood is utilized below an 8” top, it will be paid for
at the basswood pulp price if indicated or the hardwood pulp price, if no basswood is indicated.
VII. SAWLOG/BOLT WOOD SCALE AND PULPWOOD TICKET SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Removal of wood from the sale area without being scaled by County Forestry Personnel or without correct use of the County Lock Box System is deemed as harvested without the owners consent or permission and subjects the Purchaser to civil and/or criminal penalties provided for under sections 26.03, 26.06 and 943.20 of Wis. Statutes. Such unauthorized removal of forest products shall cause cancellation of this contract and forfeiture of the performance bond or deposit and all monies paid to the County. Purchaser agrees to pay double the stumpage rate as indicated in Clause 9, as liquidated damages, for such removed timber.
SAWLOG/BOLT WOOD SCALE
All scaled loads of saw logs or bolts will have the bottom 2 stubs of the ticket deposited in the lock-box prior to leaving
the sale area.
1. All saw logs and bolts shall be separated from pulpwood when piled. All saw logs and bolts will be yarded for
scaling. If logs are decked, small ends of logs shall be piled all one way, and the log length shall be marked
on the small end with lumber crayon. Decks shall be no higher than 6 feet. At least 5 MBF (thousand
board feet) of saw logs will be skidded and yarded, before a scale is requested. All logs and bolts shall be
scaled and painted prior to leaving the premises.
2. All pieces which scale 30 board feet or more, net Scribner scale, and are 50% or more sound must be paid for
at the MBF rate. Pieces which scale less than 30 board feet, pieces less than 50% sound must be paid for at
the cord rate.
3. After scaling, or, in the event of multiple scaling under this contract, after each scaling, payments for all timber
scaled shall be made to the Seller at the office of the County Forestry Department, Rusk County Courthouse,
Ladysmith, WI within 10 days of said scaling. There shall be no exceptions to this requirement, and time is of
the essence as to all payments required under this contract.
4. Other Conditions: (if none, write NONE):
PULPWOOD MILL SCALE
5. Ticket books shall be issued by the Seller as needed. Advance payment will be required for each book of 25
tickets. Advance payment per book of 25 tickets will be $_________________. Payment for ticket books
shall be made prior to any hauling of any forest products.
6. Lock boxes shall be placed on the premises by the Seller.
7. The Purchaser shall provide the Seller with a list of all destinations of timber to be removed from the premises;
changes in timber destination shall be reported before hauling to the new destination.
8. Prior to hauling any timber, the Purchaser agrees to provide, on forms supplied by the Seller, intent of all
buyers of cut timber from the premises to return copies of scale slips attached to corresponding tickets.
Purchaser agrees to sell no cut timber to any buyer who has not provided written verification of his/her intent
to return scale slips and tickets.
9. Each time a load of cut timber leaves the sale area, the appropriate portion of the ticket shall be clearly and
completely filled out and deposited in the lock box.
10. Failure to deposit tickets in the lock box each time a load of cut timber leaves the sale area will constitute
termination of timber sale contract. Purchaser agrees to pay double the stumpage rate as indicated in clause
9, as liquidated damages, for such removed timber.
12. Tickets are issued for the Contract specified on the cover of the ticket book and shall not be used for any other
13. When transporting timber from the sale area, the truck driver shall have in his/her possession the appropriate
portion of the ticket applicable to the load.
14. A list of all truckers that will be hauling wood from the premises shall be provided to the Seller by the
Purchaser. It shall be the responsibility of the Purchaser to provide such truckers with appropriate ticket books. 15. The Seller may check scale and scale tickets at any time.
16. Truck Delivery: The appropriate portion of the ticket shall be detached at the point where the wood is scaled
and attached to a duplicate copy of the scale slip. Both shall be returned to the Seller. 17. Rail Car Shipment to a Mill: The appropriate portion of the ticket shall be attached to the bill of lading for the
car. At the mill, the ticket shall be attached to a copy of the scale slip, then immediately returned to the Seller.
18. Other Conditions (if none, write NONE):
VIII. ACCESS AND ROADS:
1. Any new road construction is limited to the proposed road layouts shown on the sale prospectus. All
new construction must be approved by Rusk County Representatives before construction. Rusk
County must be notified at least 5 working days prior to road construction.
2. New roads or road renovations are restricted to 15 feet in width unless otherwise permitted by Rusk
3. Before closing sales, contractors will be responsible for replacing existing soil berms and other
obstacles as approved by the Rusk County Forestry. Contractors are also responsible for reclaiming
or berming new roads as designated on the sale map.
4. Purchaser is responsible for securing access across any lands not owned by the County prior to
bidding. Bids pending access rights will not be accepted.
5. Navigable stream crossings must comply with all federal, state and local regulations. All necessary
water crossing permits will be the responsibility of the County after written notice of need is provided
by the purchaser.
6. No skidding, landing, or piling of wood products will take place on town, county, state roads, or County
Forest Roads, or on the cleared ROW of same, without written permission from the agency
responsible for said road. Written permission must be on file in the Rusk County Forestry Office.
7. Snowmobile trails are not to be used as access unless permitted in the prospectus. Where permitted,
the trails must be maintained with snow cover and be kept free of all logging debris.
8. Wildlife openings may be used for landings provided that the topsoil is not disturbed and they remain
free of all logging debris at the close of the sale. Other restrictions may be listed on the sale map.
9. Road damage to existing access(or county forest) roads, due to logging, will require contractor repair.
10. Road approaches to surfaced roads or other governmental public roads are the responsibility of the
contractor. Damage to these roads is the responsibility of the Contractor.
IX. SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS:
1. Sales listed as winter logging are limited to frozen ground operations between December 1 and March 15.
Logging before or after these dates is allowed only with prior permission from the County Forestry Dept.
X. RUSK COUNTY FORESTRY BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES.
1. Rusk County has adopted Wisconsin’s Forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) for Water Quality into
its policies for managing the county forest.
2. Rusk County reserves the right to stop operations if unreasonable, excessive or avoidable damage occurs
or will occur, the contractor may be held responsible to repair any or all damage.
3. The adoption of BMP guidelines may increase the cost of performing timber sales on Rusk County Forest.
Contractors bidding on a timber sale must determine additional costs of implementing the BMP’s and then
adjust their bid on the timber sale to reflect the additional costs.
4. BMP’s may require permits for stream crossings, for grading near a body of water, for forestry activated in
wetlands, and for timber harvesting near water.
5. BMP’s control the use and disposal of fuels, lubricants and waste from motorized equipment on all timber
sales. Spills must be handled according to the guidelines.
6. BMP’s may require special operating conditions with Riparian Management Zones. Riparian Management
Zones are land areas adjacent to streams and other water bodies.
7. BMP’s will require additional effort in the location and construction of logging roads, skid trails and
landings. Road grades should not exceed 10% slope. If grades exceed 10% slope, drainage structures
must be installed, along with the use of gravel, seeding, mulching and other methods of soil stabilization.
The closure of roads and trails will require practices to prevent soil erosion.
8. Log landings and loading areas must also be properly located, constructed and closed to prevent soil
9. Operation in or near wetlands must comply with State laws and local zoning laws. Rutting or skidding in
wet soils is not permitted.
10. Rusk County may change, suspend or terminate any timber sale contract with no penalties to the county if
errors in timber sale planning or design cause or may cause serious environmental damage or violate any
county, state or federal law or regulation.
11. More detailed information is available at the county forestry office concerning what is expected of
contractors operating on a Rusk County Forest timber sale.