Timber sales net more than $1M for CLRA
by MARK LEDBETTER
Apr 03, 2013 | 2778 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sales from timber harvesting have netted more than $1 million for the Childersburg Local Redevelopment Authority.
Sales from timber harvesting have netted more than $1 million for the Childersburg Local Redevelopment Authority.
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CHILDERSBURG — In two major timber clearing projects, the Childersburg Local Redevelopment Authority has collected more than $1 million from the sale of timber and hardwood from the city’s industrial park.

The CLRA received $31,600 in 2009 and $1,004,733 in 2012 for the sale of timber.

The 2,000 plus acres in the industrial park were divided into four tracts and timber rights were sold to two companies that have cleared most of three tracts, including 100 plus acres along the Coosa River. While small stands of woods remain on the three tracts cleared, one tract on the backside of the park remains untouched.

Most paved roads in the industrial park remain accessible to logging equipment and trucks harvesting timber.

Property included in the industrial park was once part of a 13,500 acre tract that served as a U.S. Military Reservation and Alabama Ordinance Works.

Various materials needed to produce explosive materials were manufactured on the land during World War II, including “heavy water,” an ingredient in atomic bomb devices.

Also on site are fenced fields that are restricted. These fields are designated as flashing ground, areas where topsoil was gathered and burned. There is also a field where asbestos is buried. Nothing is allowed to grow other than grass and there can be no construction on these sites.

The industrial park is closely monitored by environmental agencies and there are several test wells that must be tested periodically to ensure ground water supplies are not contaminated.

Industries located in the industrial park include Resolute Forest Products (formerly Abitibi-Bowater and Kimberly Clark), Nippon Oil, Hawk Plastics, Blair Block, Nu Steel Fabrications, and newest manufacturer Dauber Inc.

Also included is a 100-acre Advantage site, which was cleared of trees and core and geo-tech tested.

Park improvements have included the construction of a new entrance. Plans call for developing a major road accessing more than 100 acres that a major industry is looking at for possible construction.

Mayor B.J. Meeks said development of the industrial park is key to Childersburg’s economic future.

All proceeds from timber sales are retained by CLRA for development and maintenance.

The CLRA was created by former Mayor Robert Harris’ administration. The City Council serves as the CLRA board of directors and the mayor is chairman of the board.

Contact Mark Ledbetter at mledbetter@dailyhome.com.