The Bend bulletin. (Bend, Deschutes County, Or.) 1917-1963, March 28, 1962, Page 22, Image 22

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    See. Bend Bulletin, Wed., March 28, 1962 7
Increase noted in allowable cut
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Forest Service 'eyes scan from here
Twenty years ago, the allowable
Cut on the Deschutes National
Forest was 81,000.000 board feet
annually. Now it is 136,000,000
board feet.
Tiiis is part of the rapidly
changing picture In the Deschutes
country. It is a picture much
brighter than that of the early
1940' s when there was unfounded
talk of "ghost towns," and of an
era of denuded hills.
Improvement in the Deschutes
woods picture is partly due to the
fact that specie which 20 years
ago had no buyers are now much
In demand. In the early 1940 s, it
is recalled, pine was the only spec
ies considered of value, and it
was being purchased, through
scaled bids, around 5 a thousand
Vast changes are also noted in
other facets of the Deschutes for
est picture.
Twenty years ago, the Des
chutes National Forest staff was
largely in a custodial role: staff
duties were to protect timber from
(ire, care for the timber harvest,
supervise grazing and make a few
arrangements for recreation.
There were no big auctions of
timber 20 years ago. Sales were
by sealed bids. .
In fact, 20 years ago, there were
comparatively few timber sales in -this
area. The Shevlin-Hixon Com
pany and Brooks - Scanlon, Inc.,
were still holders of vast areas
of timberlands and owners of
great volumes of stumpage. Tha
two big companies were largely
cutting on their own lauds, under
federal stipulations if looking for
ward to stumpage exchanges.
Trees that were to be cut were
marked by Forest Service men.
A certain amount of stumpage
must be left on the land.
After regulated cutting was
completed, the companies were in
a position to trade this selectively
cut land for U.S. Forest Service
stumpage. That era is now about
over. Companies are bidding for
federal timber.
As a result of the changes, lim
ber management is in a new and
important role. Fire protection is
being intensified, because fires
not only destroy valuable timber,
but ruin recreation areas, destroy
forage, impair watersheds. '
ce has been expanded
Twenty years ago, recreation on
Die Deschutes forest was largely
centered in resort areas, and, sea
sonally, along lakes and trout
streams. Hunters also seasonally
used the woods. But there was no
great demand for camping sites,
or recreation facilities.
Now, in 1962. the Deschutes Na
tional Forest is one of the leading
recreation forests in the entire Pa
cific Northwest.
Changes have also been noted in
Uie grazing picture. There was a
time when thousands of sheep and
cuttle were pastured each summer
on mountain ranges. The demand
fur range allotments 20 years ago
was so great that even the arid
Fort Rock country was set aside
for the gl azing of sheep, with deep
holes drilled and water hauled lo
Uie animals. Bands of sheep each
late spring passed through the
Bend area, and at times through
Bend, en route to Uie summer allotments.
, Now, with the exception of a few
bauds, sheep no longer use the
Deschutes forest for pasture. But
a new demand has developed:
This is forage for game animals.
Operation Multiple Use com
prises the new picture of the Des
chutes woods. Water, recreation,
wood, forage and wildlife are parts
of that picture. It is a picture that
forms a spectacular backdrop for
towns and communities of inland
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These are the products of a littie-known segment of the '
timber industry ... the manufacture of mouldings, used to
complete, every new building or remodeling job. Insignificant
as they may seem, these trim specialties represent a healthy
chunk of the local economy. Every year the production from our
Redmond mill goes into finish work all across the nation. And
every year millions of board feet of local timber are converted in
to miles of mouldings. We're proud to be contributing our energies
to the progress of Central Oregon!