The Crow Wing County Land Services Department sold nine timber tracts to be harvested by local loggers for $445,000 at the fall timber auction Sept. 29. The appraised value of the timber tracts was $336,684 with an average sale price of 132 percent of the appraised value. … “Timber harvested in Crow Wing County is utilized in regional mills that produce various wood products such as paper, lumber, pallets and wood shims. In addition, woodchips from timber harvests are used for biomass fuel to produce energy,” Pence said in a news release. …Over the last five years, over $880,000 has been distributed to school districts, townships and cities. County forestlands are also managed to strict environmental standards established by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council certification standards.