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Tyler approves contract for sale of timber

Released by the City of Tyler:

TYLER, TX - During their regular meeting held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Tyler City Council voted unanimously to award a contract to Bayou State Timber Services, Inc. for the sale of timber from the City-owned property adjacent to the Greenwood Farms Landfill.

In October 2009, the City of Tyler Solid Waste Department requested that the Texas Forest Service create a five-year Forest Stewardship Management Plan for the City-owned property at the Greenwood Farms Landfill and the City-owned property located east of the landfill area in the Jackson Heights Community. After the completion of the plan, the City Council approved hiring American Forest Management, Inc. (AFM) to implement this plan and oversee the cutting and marketing of the timber on approximately 292 acres immediately adjacent to the current City landfill.

The City of Tyler owns 640 acres on Farm-to-Market Road 2767, with 400 acres permitted as a Sub-Title D sanitary landfill, which is operated by Allied Waste/Republic Services. Approximately 100 acres are currently used as a landfill and the remaining acreage will not be needed for several decades.

In the past, a 173-acre stand out of 292 acres has undergone several high-grade cutting operations. The Texas Forest Service recommends a final harvest be completed on the 173 acres now to convert the stand to a productive pine plantation at a later date.

Approximately 15 to 20 acres will be cleared and not replanted for the storage of landfill dirt and 65 acres along Highway 31 will be left to act as a buffer zone.

All property deemed not usable for landfill purposes in the next 30 years will be converted to a productive pine plantation.

"The City's Forest Stewardship Management Plan is just another way that City of Tyler is planning now to ensure we maintain a high level of service in the future," said Mayor Barbara Bass. "The Greenwood Farms Landfill is expected to be able to provide the City with landfill services for more than 100 years."

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