Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc., in Colville, Wash., was recently awarded a $30 million 10-year stewardship contract for a pilot program to manage acres on the Colville National Forest.

Vaagen Brothers Lumber Inc., vice president Russ Vaagen recently spoke to the Washington State Coordinated Resource Management task group during their tour in Colville, Wash. The CRM aims to bring people together to reduce conflicts in natural resource management.

The Colville National Forest recently awarded Vaagen’s Colville-based lumber company a 10-year stewardship contract worth $30 million. Vaagen believes the pilot program will build a working collaborative model and get more out of the area’s resources, with better supplies to area mills and improved forest management.

He said the program is intended to help make up for a lack of U.S. Forest Service personnel and funding. The industry has requested an annual harvest of 80 million board feet from the Colville National Forest; the service can handle about 40 million board feet, he said.

The company will manage about 54,000 acres of the forest.

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