The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) accepted a $1.7 million bid Oct. 29 from RY Timber for the Palisades Timber Sale project in Carbon County.

“This sale is great news for the MSU Morrill and Pine Hills School trusts,” said DNRC Director John Tubbs. “The competition for this sale demonstrates the strength of the forest products industry and the value of our state-owned timber resources, which remain vital to Montana’s forest economy.”

“We’re happy to get this project and happy to support public education in Montana,” said Ed Regan, Manager of RY Timber. The company directly employs 210 workers at sawmills in Townsend and Livingston; another 250 workers are indirectly employed through contracted services.

The Montana State Land Board gave unanimous approval to the Palisades Timber Sale at its Sept. 23 meeting.

Located approximately seven miles west of Red Lodge, Mont., the sale includes 32 harvest units totaling 789 acres with an estimated volume of six million board feet.

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