Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) offers a full suite of forest planning, management, and analysis services to existing forestland owners and those seeking to identify and acquire forestland.
Our forest management services include:
- Development of forest management plans (long- and short-term)
- Growth and yield modeling
- Financial forecasts and budgeting
- Harvest layout and supervision, log merchandising, and reporting and monitoring
- Optimization of timber, carbon, and other forest products and services
- Identification, analysis, and negotiation of forestland acquisitions
- Acquisition structuring and financing
EFM provides forest management services for the following properties owned by the Forest Funds:
- Chimacum Forest - 850 acre property located in Jefferson County, on the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The property is primarily comprised of Douglas-fir and mixed hardwoods, and sits atop a prominent ridge surrounded by a valley that includes the town of Chimacum, organic farms and private rural residences. It is located entirely within the Chimacum Creek watershed, and its tributaries feed Chimacum Creek, an important waterway for coho, pink, and chum salmon, as well as Pacific lamprey, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. Given the imminent threat of development, EFM sold a development easement on the property to the US Navy in 2016, with assistance from the Trust for Public Land and Jefferson Land Trust, thereby ensuring the permanent protection of this important working forest. To learn more see our press release.
- Desolation Creek Forest - 13,500 acre property located within the John Day River Watershed in Grant County, Eastern Oregon. This ponderosa pine and mixed conifer dominated property is a significant private inholding within the Umatilla National Forest. Desolation Creek, which traverses the property for over 10 miles, is a significant source of cold water into the John Day river system and supports spawning and rearing habitat for six salmonid fish species. The creek is the focus of significant conservation and restoration efforts by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the North Fork John Day Watershed Council, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation, USFS, and ODFW. EFM has begun a significant restoration and fire-treatment thinning program that will address the forest and ecosystem health on the property.
- Dickey Forest - 1,500 acre property, located in Clallam County in the northwestern corner of the Olympic Peninsula, Washington State. This property was purchased in phases, for its productive forestland, ground-based operability and access to local mills. The Dickey river provides critical habitat for Chinook, coho, chum, and steelhead, and has been the focus of EFM’s salmon habitat restoration activities, which include the restoration of over 3 miles of salmon habitat.
- Garibaldi Forest - 4,800 acre property located in Tillamook County, on the North Coast of Oregon, near Highway 101 and the coastal communities of Garibaldi, Tillamook and Bay City. This highly productive forest is adjacent to the Tillamook State Forest, and connected to two of the most important watersheds in Oregon for salmon populations: the Miami and Kilchis Rivers. As the largest private forest landowner in this watershed, EFM has the opportunity to significantly influence outcomes at the watershed scale.
- Sooes Forest - 3,200 acre property located in Clallam County on the Northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State - a place where high rainfall, productive soils and moderate winters produce some of the biggest trees in the world. The property is also strategically located on the boundary of the Makah Tribal reservation and includes the Seiku and Sooes Rivers that provides critical habitat for Chinook, coho, chum and steelhead.
- Onion Peak Holdings - 5000 acres, in Clatsop County on the north coast of Oregon, next to the Cannon Beach and Arch Cape communities. The forested acreage shares a boundary with the beloved Oswald West State Park and lies at the heart of the “Coastal Edge” — an area identified as such by the North Coast Land Conservancy (EFM’s conservation partner) between Tillamook Head and Nehalem Bay, where rocky peaks rise abruptly 3,000 feet right next to the ocean, creating dramatic views and supporting a unique compressed ecosystem unlike anywhere else in Oregon. To learn more see our press release.
- Wasson Forest - 2,500 contiguous acres of mid-rotation, highly productive Douglas-fir forests in Douglas County, Oregon. This property is surrounded by 30,000 acres of old growth forest, wildlife habitat, and intact and mostly roadless forests managed by the US Forest Service. The surrounding forest provides exceptional wildlife habitat and is part of the proposed Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Area. Wassen Creek, which bisects the property, supports salmon and trout including fall and spring run Chinook, coho, winter and summer run steelhead, and cutthroat trout.
- 3 Mile Forest - 150 acres of significant wetland habitat located in Douglas County, Oregon and adjacent to the USFS National Dune Recreation Area. The property, which was acquired along with the Wasson and 5 Mile properties, is extremely scenic and has excellent views of the Umpqua River estuary. The property also contains a diverse variety of highly productive ecosystems and habitats. Threemile Creek and an active beaver pond complex run through the property storing and releasing water to freshwater emergent wetlands, freshwater forested/shrub wetlands, and riparian areas. These habitats are particularly important given their proximity to the Pacific flyway and are used by dozens of migratory species using the flyway and nearby coastal and estuarine systems.
- 5 Mile Forest - 125 acre property on Five Mile Creek, an arm of Lake Tahkenitch that supports one of the most productive runs of Coho salmon on the Oregon Coast. It is the focus of long-term conservation and restoration efforts by the USFS, the Siletz Tribe, the McKenzie River Trust and a number of other community partners. The property contains approximately 2 miles of Fivemile Creek and 6 miles of side channels important for salmonid habitat. Fivemile Creek has the second-highest adult return and spawning use by coho salmon in Oregon, approximately 250-500 adult fish per mile have been documented returning to Fivemile Creek. The property also supports a number of priority species including bald eagle, band-tailed pigeon and olive-sided flycatcher. The ownership of the property transitioned from EFM to the Siletz Tribe in 2016, with the assistance of OWEB and the McKenzie River Trust. To learn more see our press release.
- Mt Walker Forest - 1,400 mostly contiguous acres located on the eastern edge of the Olympic Peninsula in Jefferson County, Washington. This property was acquired from two separate owners by EFM and is adjacent to existing Washington State forestlands and the Olympic National Forest. EFM’s acquisition facilitated the sale of a development easement to the US Navy, and protected the property from residential development. The property was then sold to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in 2015. To learn more see our press release.
- Sek-wet-se Forest (formerly Sixes River Forest) - 3,200 acre property located in Curry County, on the southern coast of Oregon. The property was acquired for its strategic location and adjacency with the Grassy Knob Wilderness area and other U.S. Forest Service wilderness areas in the Siskiyou National Forest. Dry Creek which flows through the property supports up to 80% of Chinook salmon spawning in the entire Sixes Watershed. In 2015, EFM sold the forest to the Coquille Tribe who have renamed the property the Sek-wet-se Forest. To learn more see our press release.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. As a multi-stakeholder organization, FSC applies the directive of its membership to develop forest management and chain of custody standards, deliver trademark assurance, and provide accreditation services to a global network of committed businesses, organizations, and communities. FSC certification provides a credible link between responsible production and consumption of forest products, enabling consumers and businesses to make purchasing decisions that benefit people and the environment, as well as providing ongoing business value.
Ecotrust Forest Management is committed to compliance with FSC Principles and Criteria.