The Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department reported that the fall, 2012 timber sale opening on Dec. 13 provided record shattering receipts of $1,161,340.25. These were the last timber sales overseen by Steve Jackson, as forest administrator shortly before his death in November.
The department stressed that it is important to understand that the Langlade County forest is being harvested on a "sustained yield" basis. In simple terms, this means that the forest is being harvested on a scheduled basis, whereby harvest equals the annual wood growth. Eric Rantala noted that the county is not overcutting the forest but is cutting according to a planned schedule.
The county ranks seventh in size out of the 29 counties in the county forest system and has 127,137 acres in holdings.
The timber sales provide a livelihood for many county residents and generate employment not only for contractors, but also for cutters, truckers, manufacturers of logging equipment and suppliers.