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Catherine Creek Property
The Catherine Creek property is located 11 miles southwest of Union, Oregon adjacent to Hwy 203. The property contains 322 contiguous acres. It is located in the Catherine Creek Hunting Unit and is eligible for two (2) Landowner Preference tags (LOP) for both deer and elk. The property is bordered by USFS land to the south and is downstream from The Eagle Cap Wilderness. A wilderness pack trail is a short drive upstream from the property along a maintained forest service road. Catherine Creek flows ½ mile through the property. A variety of fish species, including steelhead, use these waters.
The upper flat is mostly an understory of Idaho Fescue and Mountain Brome, with an over-story of Ponderosa Pine and Fir. The property is primarily timbered and contains both merchantable and pre-commercial trees. The top of the property has gently rolling slopes as it drops off into the Catherine Creek drainage. The precipitation on the ranch ranges from 16” to 18” ppt. Approximately ½ mile of Catherine Creek flows through the property. The property is contiguous to thousands of acres of public land opportunities.
Identification of Subject Property:
Baker County –
Location of Subject Property:
There are no structures on this property.
A 2010 cruise shows 1 million bd feet of timber on 306 acres of timbered land. Timber stand is dominated by Ponderosa Pine. A report indicates the majority of the property would be classified as tractor ground in regards to logging practices. A small volume of timber along Catherine Creek would fall under the restricted management area classification.
Recreation and Wildlife:
This property has the unique ability to provide cast and blast opportunities for big game and steelhead. Located in the Catherine Creek Hunting Unit, the property qualifies for two (2) Landowner Preference (LOP) tags under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines. A short drive up Catherine Creek also provides an opportunity to quickly access the remote backcountry of the Eagle Cap Wilderness trail system. Squaw Creek Trail provides a direct route up to China Cap Peak, which is known for big Mule deer and elk.
Catherine Creek Hunting Unit:
This is a large hunting unit that is known for good deer and elk numbers. Many trophy deer and some large bulls have been harvested in this unit over the years. This unit has lots of public land that provides hunters with a variety of habitat types for hunting and camping.
A forest service road provides access to miles of gravel dirt road adventures.
According to the Union County Building Department, this property meets the minimum acreage requirement for applying to obtain a building permit.
The owner does not warrant that there are any mineral rights available. However, any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property being offered for sale.
2013 Tax Year - $627.47
Access to the property is provided from Hwy 203.
The lower end of the property is located in the 16” precipitation range, producing an abundance of Ponderosa Pine and Idaho Fescue. The majority of the moisture comes in the late fall and winter months in the form of snow.
History of Union County:
The earliest inhabitants of Union County were members of the Cayuse Indian Tribe. They hunted bison and deer and fished for salmon and steelhead. The area was well known to early nineteenth-century fur trappers. The first permanent settlers arrived in the Grande Ronde Valley in 1861, and the following year a number of families established homes. Two years later, Union County was organized. Located on the Old Oregon Trail, this beautiful valley attracted the attention of many home seekers on their way to western Oregon.
Agriculture in the Grande Ronde Valley began with livestock production. A littler later, small grain, potatoes, vegetables and fruit became important crops.
The Union County area produces a variety of crops including wheat, barley, alfalfa, grass hay and pasture crops. Beef cattle production is the most important livestock enterprise. Most cattle operations are cow-calf. Feeder steers usually are shipped to feedlots elsewhere. Sheep production has recently shown a modest increase.
Oregon Department Fish Wildlife: http://www.dfw.state.or.us./
Travis Bloomer, Broker
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.