Van Eck Forest - Ivy Kostick
  • Annual Report 2012
  • Klamath-Cascade Report
  • Working Forests, Winning Climate

Stewardship

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

—John Muir, from Our National Parks (1901)

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Van Eck Forest - Oregon

The Van Eck Forest in Oregon is 7,200 acres of permanently conserved, highly productive forestland extending across nine parcels in coastal Lincoln County, Oregon, west of Corvallis. Like its California counterpart, this forest is managed under a working forest conservation easement designed to restore biodiversity and old growth conditions while producing sustainably harvested wood, enhancing habitat for fish and wildlife, protecting water supplies and increasing the forests’ capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

 

The terms of this easement ensure the land will never be lost to development, converted to other uses or logged in an unsustainable manner. When Fred M. van Eck purchased the property in the mid-1980s, it consisted primarily of young, even-aged homogeneous forest stands lacking many components of native hemlock Douglas-fir forests such as large, older trees, a mix of species and ages and downed and standing dead wood (snags). PFT is employing stewardship forestry techniques to restore the structurally complex, mature forest that is native to the site.

Individual tree selection, group selection, variable density thinning and variable retention harvest techniques are being used to promote regeneration and complexity in forest structure. The property’s streamside vegetation is managed to protect existing habitat while promoting restoration of native riparian vegetation and characteristics that benefit water quality and fish habitat.

PFT anticipates that over the next 40 years, the Van Eck Oregon Forest will have three times the standing timber it has today—and therefore three times the carbon stores to benefit our climate—while generating 95 million board feet of timber, supporting the local communities and regional economy. At the same time, more than 70 percent of the property will provide breeding and foraging habitat for the threatened Northern Spotted Owl and other wildlife.


Protecting salmon habitat and watersheds

The Van Eck Oregon Forest is located along the coast in the Alsea, Yaquina and Mary’s River watersheds. Its 20 miles of fish bearing streams include spawning beds for threatened salmon. With the support of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, PFT has been improving roads and culverts to reduce sedimentation, improve water quality and fish habitat, and allow for free passage of salmon upstream through the property.

Ecological Benefits
• Protects significant open space 

• Protects quality of significant watersheds
• Protects habitat, in particular for species dependent upon older growth forests such as the Northern Spotted Owl

• Protects more than 20 miles of fish-bearing streams including salmon spawning beds

• Enhances the forest landscape’s ability to store atmospheric carbon

Download the Van Eck Oregon Forest Fact Sheet [PDF]

 

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The Forest Facts

  • More than 180 million people depend on forests for drinking water. 1
  • Forest, farm and ranch lands safely absorb nearly 18% of all domestic CO2 emissions annually. 2
  • More than 2.2 million acres of farm, forest, ranch and natural lands are converted or developed annually. 3
  • More than 50 million acres of forest alone are expected to be lost within the next half century. 4