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East Birch Creek Ranch
Pilot Rock, Oregon
Price $ 1,500,000.00
The East Birch Creek Ranch, South of the city of Pilot Rock, consists of approximately 728+/- deeded acres. This unique property offers a 2,712 sq. ft. home, a secluded hunting cabin, working corrals, multiple developed ponds fed by springs and surface runoff, two different rock pits and a very unique fossil bed. The property offers multiple recreational opportunities including digging for ancient fossils as well as hunting with 2 LOP tags within the Ukiah unit.
Historically the ranch has operated as a smaller working cattle ranch and has put a focus on the recreational aspect of the property. In past years, the owners have leased the rangeland and the tenant ran 25+/- head of cow/calf pairs on the grazing/range land from about May until October. Apart from the cattle operation, the property has historically produced great results when hunting on the property. The property provides 2 LOP tags within the Ukiah unit under the Oregon Fish and Wildlife guidelines. Multiple large bucks have been harvested and the owner has indicated they have been successful in harvesting an animal every year they have hunted on the property.
Historical Fossil bed:
The property also has historically been used as a place of study for geologist. The property has provided geologists opportunities to find multiple ancient fossils. Local and national geologist professors have done field studies on the property and provided the owner with evidence showing life, carbon dated, to 50-55 million years ago.
“The East Birch Creek Ranch, east of Pilot Rock, Oregon includes excellent exposures of an important and unique geological formation: the Early-Mid Eocene Denning Springs Formation. These unmetamorphosed sandstones and shales were deposited in a large lake/riverine system. They include plant fossils that record the vegetation and climate of a time, 50-55 million years ago, when Oregon's climate was sub-tropical and more like modern Costa Rica.
Fossils from this time period are unique and rare in the Pacific Northwest. They have not been studied extensively, and the best owner for this ranch would be someone who would preserve the property as a repository of geologic history, and also make it available to legitimate researchers who would like to study the sedimentary rocks and their fossil content.”
Ellen Morris Bishop, Ph.D.
From highway 395, turn onto East Birch Creek Road in Pilot Rock, OR and drive for 8+/- miles down East Birch Creek. The property resides on the east side of the East Birch Creek Road.
Distances to Other cities:
Pendleton, OR -23 +/- miles
Based on the Soil Conservation Service’s Soil Survey of Umatilla County, the soils are predominantly Gwin-Rock Outcrop Complex. The Gwin-Rock Outcrop Complex consists of 40 to 70 percent slopes. Followed by a Rockly very cobbly loam, 2 to 20 percent slopes. Then Buckcreek-Gwin association, 45 to 70 percent slopes. NRCS states that the average range production on a normal year is approximately 592 pounds per acre per year of vegetation for the Gwin-Rock outcrop complex, which is the majority acreage on the property.
Topography, Elevation and Rainfall:
The Ranch is primarily a sloped topography. The average rainfall is approximately 16” to 28” per annum. The elevation of the property is approximately 1500 to 4,800 feet.
Further detailed weather information for Pilot Rock, Oregon is available from the National Weather Service’s website back to 2011. The location of the National Weather Service is approximately 23+/- miles from the ranch and is similar in elevation.
Multiple ponds acting as water storage and a collection of spring water as well as surface run-off are spread across the property. These springs and ponds provide a good water source for livestock and wildlife throughout the months. The owner has indicated the springs vary in production from little seasonal seeps to actively year-round flowing springs.
A developed spring is fed to the house by an Artesian well system. The system has an approximate 2,400-gallon main water storage tank as well as 8 smaller overflow holding tanks. A diagram in the back of this brochure will further display the systems layout on the property.
The main house on the property consists of a one level, 2,712 +/- sq. ft. Valley Mansion manufactured home. Built in 2007 this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a dinning room, a kitchen with an island and pantry, and an office. The house was designed to be a very large and open floor plan. Limited maintenance is needed for the outside landscaping.
Without electricity and water, this quaint cabin provides a place to relax and enjoy the simplicity of life.
There is a small 10’x8’ shed next to the primary residence that allows the owner to store miscellaneous items such as a four-wheeler.
Near East Birch Creek Road there are livestock working corrals within a holding pasture to be able to work cattle efficiently. Electricity at the facility allows for use when needed. The corrals have trailer access.
The property is fenced and cross-fenced. The fencing is mostly of wire fence. Some of the fencing may need additional maintenance.
EFU, Exclusive Farm Use.
The 2015-2016: $2,491.70 Tax lot 1409
Tax estimate subject to owner receiving a widow’s veteran exemption.
Pacific Power- Average monthly payment is $182 for the house and $16 for corral.
Located in the Ukiah Unit, controlled deer and elk hunts occurring on landowner’s registered property are eligible for the landowner preference program. Since the property is 728+/- acres, the owner is eligible to apply for 2 LOP tags. (Additional rules may apply- see ODFW regulations).
Recreation and Wildlife:
The property sees elk, deer, and numerous other animals throughout the property. The ranch provides a wonderful opportunity for hiking, horseback riding, and ATV riding. Not far from the property the Umatilla National forest offers additional recreational opportunities.
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.
Pilot Rock, OR offers education from kindergarten through high school (K-12).
The City of Pilot Rock was named for the prominent basalt rock formation located on the west side of the town which was visible from the old Oregon Trail and used as an aim point by wagon trains traveling Emigrant Pass and Cabbage Hill.
Pilot Rock is located in Northeastern Oregon approximately 15 miles south of Pendleton in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. It is a small community of 1542. The main industries are timber and agriculture. Pilot Rock is home to one mill: Boise Cascade /Kinzua Lumber, a lumber and pole mill. Rolling hills of grass land and grain fields depict the land which lies at the base of the Blue Mountains. Pilot Rock is located at the confluence of East and West Birch Creeks, tributaries of the Umatilla River.
Umatilla County was created on September 27, 1862, out of a portion of Wasco County. Umatilla is an Indian term meaning "rippling water" or "water rippling over sand" and has provided the name both for the county and its major river. Lewis and Clark and pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail passed through the area. The gold rush of 1862 brought miners and stock raisers to the mountains and grasslands of Umatilla County. The county expanded after the coming of the railroad in 1881 and the area was open to the development of dry land wheat farming. The fertile land of Umatilla County gives a strongly agricultural base to the county's economy. Fruit, grain, timber, cattle, and sheep are important agricultural products. Recreation, primarily in the Blue Mountains, and tourism, most notably for the annual Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, are also important to the local economy.
Christopher D. Stuvland, 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.