HB1214: Trees, state-owned; increases minimum threshold for sales thereof from state forests.

HOUSE BILL NO. 1214
Offered January 9, 2008
Prefiled January 9, 2008
A BILL to amend and reenact § 10.1-1115 of the Code of Virginia, relating to the sale of trees from state-owned forests.
Patron-- Tyler

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That § 10.1-1115 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 10.1-1115. Sale of trees.

For the purpose of maintaining in perpetuity the production of forest products on state forests, the State Forester may designate and appraise the trees which should be cut under the principles of scientific forest management, and may sell these trees for not less than the appraised value. When the appraised value of the trees to be sold is more than $10,000$50,000, the State Forester, before making such sale, shall receive bids therefor, after notice by publication once a week for two weeks in two newspapers of general circulation. The State Forester shall have the right to reject any and all bids and to readvertise for bids. The proceeds arising from the sale of the timber and trees so sold, except as provided in subsection E of § 10.1-1107, shall be paid into the state treasury as provided in § 10.1-1116, and shall be held in the Reforestation Operations Fund for the improvement or protection of state forests or for the purchase of additional lands.