Crawford County Commissioners to Sell 46 Acres of Timber
After digging their way out of a $3 million deficit, Crawford County Commissioners hope to create additional revenue by harvesting trees.
For the first time in decades, the commissioners are taking part in a timber sale.
As it stands right now, there are more than 460 acres of forest in the eastern part of Crawford County.
Commissioners plan to sell 46 acres of timber, near Hydetown.
According to Crawford County Commissioner Francis Weiderspahn, the county had the area surveyed and they've already been marking off trees that will be cut down.
Weiderspahn says the timber sale will help raise additional funds, while improving the overall health of the forest.
"It's certainly a way that it can supplement the county funds,” said Weiderspahn. “But, it's not something you can do every year. Every few years, you can do it. There was a suggestion, that we sell the county forest. If you do that, it's a one-time injection of cash into the county funds, and then it's gone.”
The bidding process for the timber sale is expected to wrap up by the end of the month, so as of now, it's unclear exactly how much money the county will receive.