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DNR to hold region-wide timber auction in mid-Nov.

In the interest of varying the timber sale process, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a region-wide sealed bid timber auction for the northwest region in late November. While most timber will continue to be sold at oral bid auctions, the department's goal is to offer 25 percent of the timber offered for sale through sealed bid auctions.

Bid packages will be available beginning the last week of October. Sealed bids must be received by the DNR Northwest Regional Forestry office in Bemidji no later than 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24. Bids will be awarded Nov. 25 in Blackduck.

The auction will include timber tracts from each of the following DNR Forestry areas; Bemidji, Blackduck, Warroad, Baudette, Brainerd, Park Rapids, and Detroit Lakes. Each area will continue to hold separate oral bid timber auctions this fall, as they have in the past.

Bidders must submit a pair of bids for each tract. For example, if the tract is offered as both a two-year and five-year cutting permit, bidders will be required to submit a separate bid for each permit option. A flip of a coin will randomly determine which version of the tract is actually sold.

Bidders must be pre-registered with the DNR to be eligible to purchase state timber sales. Registration requires the completion of a registration form and proof of completion of logging safety training. If not already registered, a prospective bidder must submit the required information at least four business days prior to the sale date.