Edgecombe OKs timber sales


Staff Writer

Friday, September 20, 2019

TARBORO — Edgecombe County’s seemingly always depleted coffers could get a boost following action taken by county commissioners at their Sept. 3 meeting.

It was at that meeting that commissioners, following the recommendation of County Manager Eric Evans, agreed to contract with New Bern-Based Premier Forestry & Consulting for the sale of timber on land near the landfill and at the Kingsboro Industrial Park.

Combined, there are four stands of timber on the 1,065 acres of land and Premier’s Seth Ward told commissioners the county could generate in the neighborhood of $400,000 from the sale. That’s before a 6 percent commission is paid Premier.

Ward first appeared before the board at its May meeting, when Evans advised commissioners the county had entered into a contract with Premier to develop a forestry management plan for the county.

Ward recommended the county clear-cut the land and Evans said it was his plan for FY 2020 to take one-third of the proceeds and put it toward replanting and other timber management needs.

At the initial presentation, as well as at the September presentation, District 4 Commissioner Billy Wooten expressed concern over environmentally sensitive areas on the Kingsboro tract and how a lack of attention to detail by loggers could lead to the county’s losing its environmental permits tied to the Triangle Tire site.

At the May meeting, Evans assured Wooten that he had discussed the situation with Ward and that Ward was aware of the delicate situation.

Ward told commissioners he had worked on multiple sites with similar situations in the past and he was aware of the considerations that need to be given.

At the September meeting, Ward said he would use Tidewater Land & Timber to cut the timber and that he had utmost confidence in their abilities to follow all environmental permits and rules.

The contract provides a revenue stream from both pine and hardwood pulpwood, fuel chips, chip-n-saw, tree-length logs, plylogs, hardwood plylogs, poplar plylogs, red oak, white oak, poplar and maple.