Management & Responsibility

Forest 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.

The overall mission of Frank Timber Resources, Inc. is to manage our property in such a way as to promote a healthy, vigorous coniferous forest by proper thinning and disease management and, thereby increasing the production capabilities for high quality timber.  To reach that goal, we have the following strategies:

  • Final harvest 250 acres per year, which will reach a sustained yield harvest with a rotation age of 60 years.
  • Produce high quality timber in order to produce high quality lumber products.
  • Maintain roads and drainage structures on a regular basis.
  • Protect and enhance the quality of the water resources that originate or flow through our property.
  • Develop a plan to protect and manage the land in order to reduce the risk of damage from fire, and prepare an effective Fire Plan for immediate response in the event of wildfire on Frank Timber Resources, Inc. property or adjacent properties.

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).

 

The Forest Practices Act requires that an operator, timber owner, landowner or owner’s agent notify the State Forester before starting a regulated operation.  This includes any clearcut harvest, commercial or pre-commercial thinning, road building, scarification, slash burning or chemical application.  This advance notice gives state foresters the opportunity to review the work site, identify potential problem areas and help landowners and operators avoid problems.

Forest Products Taxes must be paid annually for all harvested forest products.  Copies of the new illustrated forest practice rules are available at all Oregon Department of Forestry offices.

This plan and all management recommendations must meet or exceed the Oregon Forest Practice Rules as administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

 

General Property Locations

Frank Timber Resources, Inc. properties span four counties in western Oregon on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range in the middle and northern portion of the Willamette Valley.

 

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.

 

Roads & Access

Most of the roads on the FTR properties are rocked roads, which provide year round access for optimum timing of management activities.

Maintenance of roads is necessary to insure accessibility for fire protection and management activities.  New road construction and existing road maintenance follow the Oregon Forest Practice guidelines that were published in the Forest Road Management Guidebook, published in January 2000, and in the new illustrated Forest Protection Laws manual that was published in 2002.  Both are available from Oregon Department of Forestry Offices.

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.

Despite their relatively small size, riparian areas and wetlands are used at some time by nearly all of the animal species in Oregon and Washington.

 

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.

Encountering an archaeological and cultural resource site on private land does not mean giving up property rights or changing management plans or timber harvest operations.  It just means that as a forest landowner, we are encouraged to take prudent and feasible steps to help protect these resources, while still meeting our goals of forest management and ownership.

One example of these special sites is known to exist on FTR property.  At one location, an old chimney still stands from a logging camp that housed employees for and old Mill.  Any operations near this site will take care not to disturb them so that they may be preserved in their current state.

Recreation

Frank Timber Resources property is an excellent source for recreational use.  The public is always welcome to use the forest for hiking, hunting, or just nature appreciation (except during rare cases of extreme fire danger).  The road system and skid trails can make excellent walking trails to access most of the properties.  While FTR properties are open for public foot traffic, due to vandalism, litter, theft, and fire risk, all of the properties are closed and gated to motor vehicles for the majority of the year.

Hunting Access

The public is always welcome to use the forest for hunting (except during rare cases of extreme fire danger).  While FTR properties are open for public foot traffic, due to vandalism, litter, theft, and fire risk, all of the properties are closed and gated to motor vehicles for most of the year.  An exception to this policy is granted to those holding a permit for special hunts to control deer and elk populations from January to March.

Hunters are asked to not block the gates, no target practicing or sighting in scopes, no fires at any time and to carry out what you carry in.  No 4-wheelers are allowed behind locked gates.

Aesthetic/Scenic

Frank Timber Resources, Inc. takes steps to assure that operations are conducted in a workman-like manner.  Operations are conducted and oftentimes restricted to minimize excess mud or runoff during wet weather conditions.  Forest Practices are followed to minimize the visual impact on critical areas such as scenic waterways and corridors.  FTR actively works to keep our forests clean and tidy.