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Long Pine Ranch
The Long Pine Ranch is loaded with potential. A recent appraisal by a registered forester indicated 16,801 mbf of harvestable timber. This ranch provides grazing for 400 cow/calf pairs from June–October 15. Last year, the ranch was leased to a qualified outfitter for deer and elk. A true combination of agriculture, forestry and recreation coalescing to furnish an unrivaled opportunity for a multidimensional buyer. Habitat types ranging from early season grasses, sagebrush and ponderosa pine on the southern portion of the ranch to mature growing timber stands with perennial streams and meadows on the north half. This diversity provides livestock and wildlife the ability to thrive beginning in early spring and extending until snowfall. The property contains 7,508 contiguous deeded acres. The ranch is adjacent to the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and has the opportunity to lease exclusive grazing rights on public lands for a nominal fee. This option expands the grazing area to a combined total of over 10,000 acres.
Miles of perennial streams, multiple ponds and springs are scattered across the ranch. A nice cabin and barn supplied with power have year-round access from State Highway 203.
T06S R40E TL 100 – 920.92 acres
Highway 203 provides all-weather access to major entry points. Approximately eight miles of US Forest Service gravel roads connect with nearly 30 miles of internal ranch roads, which enable 4WD vehicles to reach remote areas except during heavy snow months (December to February). From Union, Oregon, travel 11 miles south on Highway 203 to arrive at entrance to the north end of the ranch. From Interstate 84 in Baker Valley, travel 25.6 miles on Highway 203 to UD Forest Service Road 2034. Access to the property is provided from Highway 203 onto USFS Road 2034. Multiple access points are along USFS 2034, a well-maintained forest service road. At 2 miles 4.2 miles and 8 miles are good access points to the property.
Distances to Other Cities:
Baker City – 32 miles
The property contains 7,508 contiguous deeded acres
Structures include a 754 sq. ft. cabin and adjacent barn, both of which were completed in 2011. The residence and barn are on the electric grid. Long Pine is sold as a “going concern,” to include one truck, one tractor, various implements, shop equipment, all cabin appliances and most furnishings.
Power is supplied to the cabin and barn by Oregon Trail Electric Co-op on a single-phase overhead line.
The ranch has a variety of water sources, including four ponds, seven springs, over four miles of perennial fish bearing streams and approximately 3.4 miles of ephemeral streams crossing the ranch. Two of the springs bubble generous amounts of water out of the ground at distinctive locations supplying perennial ponds below. Milk Creek is a tributary to Catherine Creek which is a heavily used steelhead stream.
The forest understory, meadows and sagebrush areas include a variety of grass species from Native sedges, rushes, Idaho Fescue, Pinegrass and Elk sedge to introduced grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass, Timothy, Bulbous Bluegrass, Clover, and others. These forages provide grazing for 400 cow/calf pairs from June–October 15. The ranch is adjacent to the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and enjoys the opportunity to lease exclusive grazing rights on public lands for a nominal fee. This option expands the grazing area to a combined total of 10,000+ acres. Grazing rights are currently leased to a nearby rancher.
Approximately 4,600 acres are in merchantable timber. A recent appraisal by a registered forester, indicated approx. 16,801.7 mbf of harvestable timber. Main tree species include: Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, White Fir, Larch and Lodgepole Pine. Extensive pre-commercial thinning (removal of excess trees in overstocked stands) and sanitation harvest (removal of diseased or inferior trees) has produced a healthy and rapidly growing forest over much of the ranch. Growth rate during the past eight years is estimated at approx. 1,269 mbf per year. An additional approx. 2,000 acres are in grassed meadows and open areas, which are potential forest lands and approx. 1,000 acres are represented by treeless sagebrush steppe.
The lower end of the property is in the 14-inch precipitation range producing an abundance of Ponderosa Pine and Mountain Big Sagebrush. The upper end of the ranch exceeds 20 inches of precipitation where the Douglas Fir, Western Larch and White Fir grow. The majority of the moisture comes in the late fall and winter months in the form of snow. Elevations range from approx. 3,200 to 5,000+ feet.
2017 - $16,091
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.
Recreation & Wildlife:
Located in the Catherine Creek Hunting Unit, the property qualifies for (5) Landowner Preference (LOP) tags under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines. Excellent populations of Rocky Mountain Elk, whitetail and mule deer, black bear, cougar, grouse, turkey and an occasional wolf. Mule deer and elk hunting provide good opportunities for harvesting big game on this ranch. Elk herds frequently cross through and live on the property during hunting season. Additional rules may apply. Hunting rights in 2017 were leased to a qualified outfitter. A 300” class bull was harvested on the ranch during archery season
Union County is a county in the State of Oregon. As of the 2010 census, the population was 25,748. Its county seat is La Grande.
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.
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.
The Baker County School District offers education from kindergarten through high school (K-12).
Oregon Department Fish Wildlife:
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.