Pine – Mature Forest
This report identifies options that may be suited to your land based on available data. It does not constitute professional advice. The information is provided free of charge or obligation to support your decisions and facilitate a connection with local professionals, services, and programs. View Data Sources
- Parcel data licensed through Loveland Technologies (October 2018)
- Forest cover source Oregon GAP vegetation data. Portland and Oregon Biodiversity Info Center(October 2018)
- Natural Resources Conservation Service Oregon. Oregon’s Strategic Approach to Conservation (October 2018)
- Burn boundaries provided by Northwest Interagency Coordination Center
- Firewise Communities provided by Firewise USA®
Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock – Mature Forest
It looks like your land is representative of Oregon coastal forests. Typically, these forests are dominated by Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock. Western Red Cedars, Red Alders and Lodgepole Pine, also known as Shore Pine, are often intermixed in these forests. Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock forests on the southern end of the state will also be found growing with Port Orford Cedar, Oregon Myrtle, and occasionally Coastal Redwoods. Douglas-Fir is another common component of these forests, both natural growth and from plantations for timber harvests.
These forests thrive on the high moisture content of coastal fog, along with mild temperatures and wet and overcast weather patterns. This forest type is typically found at low elevations, within a few miles from the coast. Sitka Spruce is more resistant to salt spray than Western Hemlock, and so can survive more easily, close to the coast. Soils within a Sitka Spruce and Western Hemlock forest are usually course, deep and porous, comprised of marine shale and basalt.
Sitka spruce can become one of the large trees, after coastal redwoods and Douglas-Fir, if given the time to mature.
Based on the quality of your forest and the goals you set we’d like to invite you to join over a thousand Oregon landowners like you in the American Tree Farm community.
Tree Farm is a great way to be recognize your commitment to stewardship and it also protects your interests over the long term by implementing clear Standards of Sustainability for your land.
To Become a Tree Farmer:
- Get your property evaluated by a trained inspecting forester.
- Use the ATFS Standards of Sustainability as a guide to develop your management plan.
- Once your land is certified, post your Tree Farm sign with pride!
If you think this could be a good option for you, we can set up a free consultation with a forester to discuss this opportunity along with many others that can help you. We partner with the Oregon Department of Forestry and one of their local foresters will be able to walk your land with you, provide advice on how to achieve your goals, and help you move forward with Certification if it is right for you.