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The Mitchell Ranch is located in Eastern Oregon, near the town of Mitchell, in Wheeler County.
Acreage and Description:
Nestled in the Ochoco Mountains, the Mitchell Ranch possesses 1,475 deeded acres of well-balanced timber and grazing lands.
The ranch offers an excellent opportunity to obtain a productive ranch with outstanding elk, mule deer, and turkey habitats.
Identification of Subject Property:
Wheeler County –
Location of Subject Property:
Distances to Other Cities:
Mitchell, OR – 13 miles
Historically, cattle have been grazed on the Mitchell Ranch. In 2014 the ranch experienced fire damage and grazing was limited. Moving forward, the owner intends to use the grazing as a management tool for the fire damaged portions.
There are numerous springs and a few seasonal creeks throughout the property.
West Fork Bridge Creek – A year-round creek
Due to the number of wildlife traveling through the area, a yearly fencing program has been established in order to keep the fence condition in top shape.
Recreation and Wildlife:
The Mitchell area of Oregon is known for outstanding deer and elk hunting. The Mitchell Ranch is no exception and is home to mule deer and elk. Located in the Ochoco Unit, the ranch qualifies for three (3) Landowner Preference (LOP) tags under the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines.
Historically, the ranch is known as a very productive timber parcel with over 2,300 timbered acres identified. The current owner has implemented a timber management plan with a conservative harvesting program. They have continued pre-commercial practices in order to improve the quality of the timber stand which is in great health. The seller states that the growth rate for the area is near 3.5%. The dominant trees are fir, pine, and juniper.
The Wheeler County parcels are zoned ETU (Exclusive Timber 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.
2014 Taxes – $2,040.65
Access to the ranch is provided from US Highway 26 and County Road 12, West Branch Road. County Road 12, West Branch Road, is a gravel road which follows the west branch of Bridge Creek.
In Mitchell, Oregon, summers are warm and winters are cold. In the summer months, the average temperature is 84.2 degrees and in the winter months, the average temperature is 39.1 degrees. The average annual precipitation is about 12.62 inches.
History of Wheeler County:
Wheeler County was established on February 17, 1899. Formed from parts of Grant, Gilliam, and Crook Counties, there have been no boundary changes since its creation. The county shares boundaries with Gilliam and Morrow Counties to the north, Wasco and Jefferson to the west, Crook to the south, and Grant to the east. The county was named for Henry Wheeler, who operated the first stage line through the county. The area of the county is 1,713 square miles.
The county seat is located in the city of Fossil. The town's name was derived from the first postmaster's discovery of fossil remains on his land in 1876. Fossil was designated the temporary county seat when the county was created. In 1900 there was an election to determine the permanent county seat. Spray, Twickenham, and Fossil were the aspirants, with Fossil winning the election. The current courthouse was built in 1902.
Wheeler County's government consists of a county court made up of a county judge and two commissioners. The county judge retains judicial authority for probate and juvenile proceedings. Other county officers include assessor, district attorney, justices of the peace, clerk, sheriff-emergency services director, treasurer, and surveyor.
Wheeler County's 2011 population was 1,435. This represented a decrease of 0.4% from 2010. The county population has declined considerably since a peak of 3,313 occurring in 1950.
The terrain of the county varies widely, from sagebrush, juniper, and rim rock, to thick stands of pine and fir. Portions of two national forests lie within its boundaries, with forest lands covering nearly one third of the county. The area is known as an outstanding depository of prehistoric fossils. The Painted Hills and Clarno units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are located in the county. Principal industries are agriculture, livestock, and recreation.
The Mitchell School District offers education from kindergarten through high school (K-12).
Oregon Department Fish Wildlife: http://www.dfw.state.or.us./
Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing. A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.