Carlton County sets first 2021 timber sale

The auction will feature live bidding for the first time in more than a year, but with a number of precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved the first of two timber sales planned in 2021 during its meeting Tuesday, April 13.

The auction, scheduled for 11 a.m. May 13, will have companies making live bids in the boardroom of the Carlton County Transportation Building in Carlton, but precautions will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We’re looking to have one member from each business unit come in and sit here in a chair, properly spaced so we don’t have a whole mess of people in here,” Land Commissioner Gregory Bernu said.

In the three timber sales the county has held since the COVID-19 pandemic began, companies have submitted sealed bids. Prior to the pandemic, many loggers brought their families with them to the auction, resulting in a boardroom filled with 30-40 people, according to Bernu.

The sale consists of seven tracts of land containing 11,190 cords of wood appraised at $213,540. Companies’ bids for the tracts must be at the appraised value or higher to win the permit to cut and remove the timber from the land.


Only companies on the county’s “Responsible Operator’s List” are eligible to bid on the timber tracts. The list and a contractor application form are available at or by contacting the Carlton County Land Department at 218-384-9179.

Jamey Malcomb has a been high school sports reporter for the Duluth News Tribune since October 2021. He spent the previous six years covering news and sports for the Lake County News-Chronicle in Two Harbors and the Cloquet Pine Journal. He graduated from the George Washington University in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history and literature and also holds a master's degree in secondary English education from George Mason University.
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