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News - BIA Timber Team

The fully staffed Timber Team visiting the Deep Pond Recreation Site on the Narragansett Tribal Trust Lands of Rhode Island

In FY23, the Timber Team added five new foresters to better assist Tribes with forestry tasks such as Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) ground truthing, timber sale preparation work, and forest inventories. The Timber Team traveled over 23 weeks across seven states and six BIA Regions to assist 12 different tribes.

Timber Team assisting Umatilla Reservation with marking trees

In FY 22, The Timber Team spent 30 weeks traveling in response to Tribal forestry project needs. Between driving and flying to project locations, they traveled over 32,000 miles and successfully completed forestry work for 16 Tribes throughout the United States.

Photo of BIA Timber Team visiting the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Forestry mill and watching the local staff cut ponderosa pine into boards for different projects at the Rosebud Sioux timber processing mill.

This past September, the Timber Team traveled to southern South Dakota to assist the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Forestry Department. The team helped the tribe with the layout, marking and cruising (measuring forestland to determine merchantability) of ponderosa pine trees to salvage materials lefts behind in the wake of the West SF Fire.


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