The U.S. Forest Services has approved a plan to allow surplus fire salvage logs to be transported from the devastating fires in California and the western United States to be processed by Neiman Enterprises, in Hulett, Wyoming and Spearfish, South Dakota.
The timber transit pilot project is part of a 20-year Forest Stewardship Partnership Agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the parent agency of the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).
Although the Neiman facilities are processing primarily ponderosa pine, they are equipped to handle the fire salvage logs. Neiman-owned sister facilities in Montrose, Colorado and Gilchrist, Oregon will help with the pilot program by debarking the logs before they’re shipped by rail and trucked to the Black Hills.
Black Hills National Forest officials have been working to ensure a sustainable future for the forest. This includes working with local communities, tribal governments, local industry, and elected officials, in addition to state and federal counterparts. The objective is not only to supplement local timber production, but also to strengthen local economies in the two states.