On the Cover: Bull Springs Skyline Forest

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LAND Winter 2019 Cover
Bull Springs Skyline Forest is featured on the cover of the Winter 2019 issue of LAND magazine. Click here to find out more.

Located just minutes west of Bend, Oregon, is an active privately-held tree farm and recreational wilderness covering 33,000± contiguous, deeded acres bordering the Deschutes National Forest. More than 80 percent of the landscape is dominated by a highly productive timberland mix of coniferous forest, winding creeks and springs. The elevation ranges from 3,600 feet along Bull Spring Creek up to 5,600 feet along the property’s western boundary. From deep canyon breaks and expansive forest, to rugged high alpine timber with sweeping views of the Deschutes River Basin and Cascade Mountains, Bull Springs Skyline Forest encompasses a variety of landforms.

Located near the center of Oregon, Bull Springs Skyline Forest is east of the Cascade mountains on the west side of Bend, one of the nation’s fastest growing mountain towns in the United States. Bend has significant urbanization potential and is a traditional timberland industry region with infrastructure for logging and wood related products. Bull Springs Skyline Forest is accessed year-round from multiple public roads, the southern entrance is located approximately two miles west of Bend, Oregon, and the northern entrance approximately five miles from Sisters, Oregon.

Mason & Morse Ranch Company has been fortunate enough to list and sell some of the finest American farms, ranches and recreational lands across the country, Bull Springs Skyline Forest is one of America’s legacy properties without question.”

Bart Miller, Managing Broker

With close proximity to major metropolitan areas, airline service and other nationally recognized resort destinations, the property is positioned well for future residential, commercial and tourism development opportunities. Central Oregon is further distinguished for its all-season recreational amenities. Mt. Bachelor, known for exceptional skiing and extended season is located within 15 miles of Bull Springs Skyline Forest. The Deschutes River, within a few minutes of the property, provides exceptional fishing and other water recreation. National monuments and parks, including the Pacific Crest Trail, are also within short distances. Clean air, spectacular mountain scenery and comfortable climate provide inviting conditions for all types of outdoor recreation available within minutes of Bull Springs Skyline Forest.

Variation in the elevation and topography create the wonderful ecosystems that benefit the flora and fauna found on the property. With timbered mountainsides, juniper hillsides, deep canyons and open grasslands, the property provides a microcosm of central Oregon habitat within its boundaries. Juniper and Sage interspersed between the rimrock ledges along the deep live water canyons provide nearly perfect habitat for mule deer and a variety of bird species. 

The Cascade Mountain foothills with water, timber and grass provide ideal habitat for elk, bear, mountain lion and bobcat. Lower elevation lands provide a viable habitat for deer, turkeys, coyotes and other small animals and birds. Hunting remains a prized activity year round, and abundant habitat for mule deer provides the opportunity for trophy class bucks.

Once you lay eyes on Bull Springs Skyline Forest, you will agree that it is unquestionably one of the most beautiful blocks of contiguous timberland, not only in Oregon, but in the entire western United States.”

Robb Van Pelt, Listing Broker

National monuments, national forest land and parks are within short driving and hiking distances to Bull Springs Skyline Forest. Mt. Bachelor, known for an extended ski season, is located within 15 miles of the property. The Deschutes River also is within a few minutes providing exceptional fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing. Other popular activities in this area include rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and camping.

The property has a long history of stewardship dating back to 1916 when Shevlin-Hixon and Brooks-Scanlon opened their logging camps for production. The first Shevlin-Hixon logging camp was placed at Bull Springs, which was active until 1946. Since that time, the forest has been owned by a variety logging companies and portions exchanged with the U.S. Forest Service. In recent years, the property has become of major interest to the surrounding community of Bend, Oregon, conservation groups, land planners and developers who are interested in working together to balance its valuable attributes that ascend across private ownership, forest management, community recreation, government legislation and the westerly urban expansion of Bend, Oregon.

The current zoning is F1 Forest Use. The Deschutes County F1 Forest Use Zone is intended to conserve forestlands with a minimum 240-acre parcel size. Potentially rezoning through Oregon’s Destination Resort designation as a cluster development has become a popular balance between sustainable forest management, recreational open space and urban expansion.

F1 Forest Use Zone permitted uses include forest operations or forest practices, provisions for wildlife and fishery resources and other farm uses. Conditional uses permitted include private hunting and fishing, private parks and campgrounds and single-family dwellings.

Easily accessed year round from multiple public roads, the southern entrance is located approximately two miles west of Bend, Oregon, and the northern entrance approximately five miles from Sisters, Oregon.

A combination of productive timberlands, conservation and development opportunities together with privacy. The property is one of the largest contiguous parcels in the western United States with stunning views and abundant wildlife just minutes from Bend, Oregon.  

33,000± Acres | Bend, Oregon | Offered at $127,000,000

Mason & Morse Ranch Company
Robb Van Pelt | Robb@RanchLand.com | 970-930-1026
Jake Polvi | Jake@Polvi.net | 541-410-3050
Bart Miller | Bart@RanchLand.com | 970-930-1026


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