(Update: Response from, status of Save Skyline Forest effort)
That’s down from an original $127 million asking price set in 2019 for a sprawling area west of Bend.
Bend, Oregon (KTVZ) — The sprawling 33,000-acre Bull Springs Skyline Forest west of Bend is in the sales block About 3 years, at a formidable price. So, on Monday, the private owner announced a massive 25% price cut to “just” $95 million.
Occupying most of the rare mountain-clad landscape on the west side of the Bend region, the private tree farm is one of the largest adjacent estates in the Northwest. continuing uncertainty About the fate of the beginning of the year Inspired by Save Skyline Forest A public campaign led by the Central Oregon Landwatch.
Just last month, the current owner, Bend-based Shanda Asset Management LLC, closed to public access Extreme fire conditions limit the risk of man-made fires.
According to Caitlyn Burford, communications and outreach manager for Central Oregon Landwatch, the Save Skyline Forest effort is progressing well.
“There is a lot of community interest and support in finding solutions to protect this 50-square-mile landscape,” she said Tuesday. “Currently, over 800 residents have signed on in this community letter It urged Rep. Klopp, Commissioner Chan, Bend Mayor and City Council members to “find an acquisition and management solution focused on protecting Skyline Forest.”
In the wake of the recent price drop, COLW Executive Director Ben Gordon said, “The 25% price reduction for the Skyline Forest is a good sign.”
“Landwatch was concerned that the initial high asking price was dependent on speculative large-scale luxury development interest,” Gordon said. “This, in addition to concerns about wildfire safety, raises concerns about the future of this property and how it may adversely affect wildlife, water and access to the outdoors for the public. One of our biggest concerns is increasing the value of this asset and further opening up opportunities for our community to find creative ways to acquire and protect it.”
The property is currently listed at $95 million (approximately $2,900 per acre), according to sales broker Mason & Morse Ranch Company.
Here is the full text of their announcement:
Bull Springs Skyline ForestLocated just minutes west of Bend, is an active privately owned tree farm and recreational wilderness covering 33,000 contiguous ceded acres bordering the Deschutes National Forest.
“When you look at the Bull Springs Skyline Forest, you will undoubtedly agree that it is one of the most beautiful blocks of contiguous woodlands, not just in Oregon, but in the entire Western United States,” said Rob, founding partner. Van Pelt says. He belongs to the Mason and Morse Ranch Company.
“Price reductions will further align the interests of potential buyers with the objectives of sellers,” continued Van Pelt.
The land has a long history of management dating back to 1916 when Shevlin-Hixon and Brooks-Scanlon set up logging camps for production. The first Shevlin-Hickson logging camp was located in Bull Springs and operated until 1946.
Since then, the forest has been owned by various logging companies, some of which have been traded with the U.S. Forest Service.
In recent years, surrounding communities in Bend, Oregon, conservation groups, land planners, and developers have shown significant interest in the property, and it is expected that private land, forestry, community recreation, and government legislation and urban expansion west of Bend, Oregon will continue to grow. .
Current zoning is F1 Forest Use. His F1 Forest Use Zone in Deschutes County is intended to protect forests with a minimum parcel size of 240 acres.
The potential for rezoning through the designation of Oregon’s destination resorts as cluster developments has resulted in a general balance between sustainable forest management, open spaces for recreation, and urban expansion, and the region’s As the population of F1 continues to increase significantly, it may represent a viable sustainable development opportunity F1 forest use zone Permitted uses include forest management or practices, wildlife and serving, and other on-farm uses.
Permitted, conditional uses include private hunting and fishing, private parks and campgrounds, and single-family homes.
Bull Springs Skyline Forest combines privacy with productive woodlands, conservation and development opportunities. This property is one of the largest contiguous lots in the western United States with stunning views and abundant wildlife just minutes from Bend, Oregon.
Bart Miller, Managing Broker at Mason & Morse Ranch Company, said: “Bull Springs Skyline Forest is undoubtedly one of America’s heritage he. .”
About Mason & Morse Ranch Company
A leading provider of land brokerage services in the western United States. Services include traditional brokerage and auctions. With roots dating back to 1961 in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen, Colorado, the company specializes in selling high-value, large-scale farms, ranches and recreational properties. Together, Mason & Morse Ranch Company’s agent offers his clients over 133 years of experience in real estate land sales. http://www.ranchland.com