Timber Sale: Saul Family Farm Block 92216

+/- 11 acres of Merchantable Timber in Southern Orange County, NC


On behalf of Mrs. Betsy Banks Saul, Grateful Trees and Bees solicits bids on two tracts of merchantable timber located in Southern Orange County, North Carolina, henceforth to be called Saul Family Farm Block 92216. Tract 1 (+-6 acres) is to be clear-cut harvested and consists primarily of Southern yellow pine at a total volume of 17,620 BF/Acre. Tract 2 (+-5 acres) is to be a selective saw timber thinning and also consists primarily of yellow Southern yellow pine with a small percentage of yellow poplar at a total volume of 2,355 BF/acre.

In sum, the tracts contain the following:


Timber Showing      

Meet at the tract, 111 Winsome Lane, Carrboro, NC off Old Fayetteville Road and Stroud Lane in Orange County, North Carolina on:

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 9:00AM.

Turn left at the horse fence and continue past the equipment shed. I will be on site to answer any questions.  Attendance is recommended, but not required to place a bid. Should you be unable to attend during either of the timber showings, you may contact me to request an alternate viewing time.  Under no circumstances should interested parties examine the timber without a representative from Grateful Trees and Bees on site.

Bid Date & Procedures

Bids must be submitted and received by 3:00PM on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted. All bidders will be notified of the status of their bid and the contract will be awarded by 5:00PM on Friday, September 23, 2016. On behalf of the owners, Grateful Trees and Bees reserves the right to reject any or all bids and the highest lump sum bid may not necessarily be awarded the contract.

All bidders must complete a GTB Sealed Timber Bid Form.  Falsification of any part of the bid submission form, or failure to complete the bid submission form in its entirety, may result in bid rejection.

All bidders must submit by one of the following methods:

1. Submit through the online GTB Sealed Timber Bid Form.

2. Download a PDF of the GTB Sealed Timber Bid Form and send it by email to: jake@gratefultreesandbees.com

3. Download a PDF of the GTB Sealed Timber Bid Form and send it by postal mail to:

Grateful Trees and Bees
Attn: Saul Family Farm Block 92216
1231 Carpenter Fletcher Road
Durham, NC 27713

Payment & Contract Terms

The owners have a preference for a timber sale contract term of two years or less, if possible. A period of time until September 30, 2018 will be allowed to cut and remove the timber. Payment for the timber and a $1,000 performance deposit will be required at the timber sale contract closing. Contract must be closed within 10 working days of the bid date. Bid deposit or money at the time of bidding is not required. Buyer or logging contractor must maintain workman’s compensation insurance and a minimum of $1 million general liability insurance. Buyer must assume all risks incident to timber harvesting.

Tract Boundaries & Access        

These tracts are part of a larger farm located at 111 Winsome Lane, Carrboro NC, 27510 and there are several residences as well as out buildings on the property. Preferable operation access is from Highway 54 (Southern part of the tract). The forest stands ready for harvest consist of two tracts that bear differing harvest prescriptions. Tract 1 (+-6 acres) is on the Eastern-most section of the farm and as the timber has reached biological maturity is to be clear cut harvested. Tract 2 (+- 5 acre) is ready for a selective thinning with each tree to be thinned marked for removal with blue marking paint on the bole and at the stump. Timber sale boundaries have been marked with orange flagging tape and boundary line trees are not to be cut. A stream runs through Track 1.  Stream management zones (SMZ) are marked with stripped blue and white flagging tape in a variable 50- to 100-foot buffer.

Harvesting Methods & Expectations

Tract 1 is to be cleanly clear-cut harvested so loblolly pine can be re-established. Logging debris should be evenly distributed across the tract to facilitate intended tree-planting operations. During the harvest operation wildlife snags (standing dead trees) should be retained when a safety concern isn’t present. The following conditions will also apply to work conducted in both tracts:

  • Buyer or logger is expected to notify Grateful Trees and Bees 24 hours prior to starting work and to provide timely notice about any work suspensions.
  • Grateful Trees and Bees reserves the right to halt harvest operations for any reason.
  • All logging operations must be in conducted in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Best Management Practices Manual of the North Carolina Forest Service and any other applicable local, state or federal regulations concerning harvesting of timber, including strategies for maintaining and protecting existing riparian buffers in the Cape Fear River Basin.
  • All roads must be maintained and restored to their original condition upon completion of logging. Any newly constructed roads and log decks must be left in a graded condition upon completion of logging. Buyer will be responsible for repairing any excessively rutted surfaces.
  • No tops or laps will be allowed to remain in streams, forest roads, Right-of-Ways or over property boundaries and must be pulled back immediately.
  • Buyer shall be responsible for removal of all trash and recyclables from loading decks and for any contamination of the property by fuel, grease or oil spills.

Timber Cruise Methods & Standards   

On July 7, 2015 I conducted a fixed radius, 23-plot cruise of Saul Family Farm Block 92216. Tract 1 calls for a complete harvest of all standing stock, therefore the entire tract was sampled and an inventory generated. Within each 1/100-acre plot, I measured all specimens greater than or equal to 4.5” DBH, assessing total height, merchantable height, live-crown ratio and species. From this forest inventory, stand tables were created to a 90% confidence interval and volumes were computed using the ¼ International Rule. The prescription for Tract 2 is a select harvest, therefore only the stumpage marked for harvest was measured.

 Stand and Volume Tables


Saul-Family-Farm-Timber-Sale-Block-92216The tracts are located at 111 Winsome Lane, Carrboro, Southern Orange County, North Carolina

Harvest-Layout Saul-Family-Farm-Block-92216

Topographic-Map Saul-Family-Farm-Block-92216


Contact Jacob Pressley at 919-889-3242 or jake@gratefultreesandbees.com.