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Scappoose awards timber harvest bid

Clear-cut will likely bring in more than $600,000 for city


The Scappoose City Council voted unanimously Monday, April 7, to award a bid from Columbia Vista Corp. of Vancouver, Wash., to clear-cut 30 acres of timber within the Gourlay Creek Watershed.

Of the bids submitted, Columbia Vista submitted the highest.

Barry Simms, of Trout Mountain Forestry, the company contracted to oversee the harvest, said he estimates Columbia Vista’s offer to clear-cut the tract will likely bring in $613,000 for the city by its completion. That figure is about $113,000 more than Simms’ initial estimate for the job.

Trout Mountain Forestry revised the bid request from an original the city sent to logging companies in May. That request received no bids and was estimated to bring in $440,000.

Simms told the council in March the revised bid would likely attract more bidders by eliminating the need for prospective logging companies to pay for all harvested timber upfront, removing areas from the map that would have been more difficult to harvest and allowing for preserving older, larger trees within the tract.

The city’s contract with Columbia Vista outlines a start date for the harvest in June with an estimated completion in September or October.

Money generated from the timber harvest will go into the city’s water budget, said Scappoose Mayor Scott Burge. Those funds, however, will not affect recent hikes to residential water rates.

Since the city received no offers to harvest the tract last May, the money that clear-cut would have generated never went into the city’s revenue stream, causing Scappoose to enter the fiscal year with a $440,000 shortfall.

The hole in the city’s budget was a major driver in its decision to incrementally raise monthly residential water rates by $15 per meter over the course of three years.

Interim City Manager Don Otterman said changes to the bid request will likely increase the harvest yield and allow the job to be accomplished within a shorter time period.

Otterman said the city also managed to alter the tract’s boundaries to be further away from Gourlay Creek and eliminated a section of the tract with a steep grade.