Timber Resources

Timber Resources

Stewardship

Stewardship is the conscientious and responsible management of forest assets including trees, water, soils, vegetation, and wildlife that sustain forest ecosystems entrusted to our care.

Stewardship is a shared responsibility.  Our foresters implement stewardship daily in marketing and managing timberlands, well-maintained roads, healthy forests, and projects that are environmentally beneficial for non-timber resources such as water quality, and fish and wildlife habitat.

Our stewardship includes participation in the Oregon Forest Practices Act, a program established by foresters, conservationists, and scientists who support sustainable forestry practices.

Oregon’s Forest Practices Act

The Oregon Forest Practices Act became law in 1971.  The act provides for a set of rules establishing standards, which encourage and enhance the growing and harvesting of trees.  Harvest rules have also been updated to regulate the maximum size of a clear-cut and provide for green tree retention within a clear-cut.  At the same time, the act considers and protects other environmental resources – air, water, soil and wildlife.  The act has been updated to regulate forest practices when they conflict with “special resources” (sites used by threatened and endangered species, sensitive bird nesting, roosting and watering sites, significant wetlands, and biological sites that are ecologically and scientifically significant).

Wildlife/Fish Habitat

The wildlife species known to use these properties are common to the wildlife represented in much of western Oregon.  Numerous deer, elk, bear, cougar, and a multitude of bird and varmint species inhabit the property.  Critical habitat elements such as fresh water, dense softwood cover, and young shrubs are found within a varied mix of forest types.  The non-forest openings, neighboring pastures and hayfields, as well as harvested clearcut areas provide additional forage for wildlife with plenty of seclusion and edge.

Water Resources

Riparian Management Areas are the most productive and diverse areas in a watershed and provide a wide array of benefits and uses.  Research has shown that proper management of the riparian areas within a watershed is crucial to maintaining a healthy aquifer capable of producing large quantities of high quality water.  In addition, riparian areas provide most or all of the elements required for fish and wildlife to live and thrive.

Trees and other plants, which provide shade for the stream, help keep the water cool while stabilizing banks and providing food (leaves, twigs, etc.) for insects that are eaten by fish.  Trees also provide food and cover for wildlife.  Alder trees are extremely important for a healthy RMA due to their ability to fix nitrogen.  When trees die and fall into streams, the logs create small dams and pools that offer fish rearing habitat and cover from predators.  Logs that remain on land provide cover for wildlife.

Conservation Forest

Important archaeological and cultural resource sites representing our rich cultural history may be hidden for years until we encounter something out of the ordinary.  These resources could be pre-historic native American artifacts, burial grounds, or funerary objects (prior to 1800), historic euro-American artifacts from trappers, miners, early settlers, or loggers (1800’s), or traditional cultural artifacts that can be anything found which was used or existed more than 75 years ago.  These special resources help explain how cultures have changed over time, and how they used the land and its resources.  Examples might include Indian villages or campsites, burial grounds, trees altered by humans, drawings or paintings on rocks, old homesteads, wagon trails, or logging camps.