A massive tract of Central Oregon forestland is up for sale.
The Skyline Forest, about 33,000-acres of land known as the Bull Springs Tree Farm northwest of Shevlin Park in Bend, is on the market for $127 million dollars.
The seller says it has long-term potential fur sustainable timber management, recreation and residential mixed-use development.
The Deschutes Land Trust has worked for more than 15 years to preserve the area, talking with various land owners.
Executive Director Brad Chalfant said he hopes the new potential owners see the need to conserve the area.
“They really weren’t interested in pursuing some sort of a conservation transaction. So, we don’t know precisely where this will go next, but this provides us an opportunity to re-engage and initiate what we hope will be an important conservation transaction for Central Oregon,” he said.
The organization wants the property designated as a community forest, with recreational opportunities and a working timber harvest providing logs for local mills while supporting key wildlife habitat and preserving the scenery of the foothills.
“If they’re full of homes and lights and roads and traffic, Central Oregon’s going to feel a little different,” Chalfant said.
The land is currently zoned for forest use, which includes providing wildlife and fishery resources and farm uses.