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Price $ 899,000.00
The Hunt Property is a quality piece of real estate nestled between the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Keating Valley. It has a good balance of timber, grazing and hunting. The property is adjacent to Balm Creek Reservoir, which is a popular fishing area for those seeking a beautiful remote setting. Forest service roads provide quick access to some of the best huckleberry picking Baker County has to offer. Main Eagle Creek and the Eagle Cap Wilderness are a short drive to the north. From heavily forested landscapes on the north end, to open hillsides on the south, this property offers diverse options for the outdoorsman. Excellent views of the Eagle Cap Peaks are seen from the property. Vistas also provide good views of Keating Valley and the Powder River Watershed.
Identification of Subject Property:
Baker County –
Location of Subject Property:
The property is primarily timbered and contains both merchantable and pre-commercial trees. The ecological sites are primarily forested with native perennial grasses, including Sandbergs Bluegrass, Bluebunch Wheatgrass, Idaho Fescue, Basin Wildrye, Elk Sedge, Pine Grass, Ceonothus, Ninebark, Oceanspray, and Snowberry. The upper elevation of the ranch increases in precipitation to above 16” ppt, while the southern portion receives approximately 12” ppt.
There are no structures on this property.
The majority of the ranch is timbered. Timber on the property is comprised of three stand types according to the Forest Management Plan. Type A is a mixed conifer with pole sized understory. Species include Ponderosa Pine, Western Larch, Doug Fir, Grand Fir and Lodge Pole. Type B, which is the majority of the property, is a mix of Ponderosa Pine, Doug Fir, White Fir and Lodge Pole Pine. Type C is a small, 13 acre riparian area of conifers.
Recreation and Wildlife:
Located in the Keating Hunting Unit, the ranch qualifies for three (3) Landowner Preference (LOP) tags under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines. The property sees elk, deer, bear and grouse and is located next to Balm Creek Reservoir, a popular fishery for trout. Mule deer and elk hunting provide good opportunities for harvesting big game on this ranch. Elk herds frequently cross through the property during hunting season.
Keating 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 killed 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.
This property offers access to a variety of dirt and gravel county road systems that extend all across the Keating Hunting Unit. You can also reach Keating, Richland and Halfway using a series of these back roads.
EFU – Exclusive Farm Use
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 = $1,718.68
Access to the property is provided from Balm Creek Road.
The lower end of the property is located in the 9-12” precipitation range. The upper end of the ranch exceeds 16” of precipitation where the Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pine grow. The majority of the moisture comes in the late fall and winter months in the form of snow.
Baker County, in the northeastern part of Oregon, has a total surveyed area of 1,345,100 acres. Baker City is the county seat and has a population of about 9,500.
History of Baker County:
Baker County was established from part of Wasco County and named after Col. Edward D. Baker, a U.S. Senator from Oregon. A Union officer and close friend of President Lincoln, Colonel Baker was the only member of Congress to die in the Civil War. He was killed at Balls Bluff, Auburn, which no longer exists. Baker City, which was incorporated in 1874, and which is the seventeenth oldest city in Oregon, became county seat in 1868.
A major boost for Baker City's fortunes occurred on August 19, 1884, when the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company arrived in Baker City. The railroad joined the Union Pacific at Huntington, giving Baker City direct rail service to the east and west.
The Powder Basin comprises more than 2 million acres, including almost all of Baker County and a small part of Union County. At the turn of the century, Baker City was known as the "Queen City of the Inland Empire," and boasted a population of approximately 6,700, larger than Spokane or Boise City at the time.
The Baker County School District offers education from kindergarten through high school (K-12).
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.