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Jeld-Wen bid wins tree farm
September 24, 2004 by DYLAN DARLING
Interest came in from all over, but ownership of
the 90,000-acre Longbell tree farm northeast of
Chiloquin will be local.
"It's a great timber property," said Jason de
Vries, Jeld-Wen real estate manager.
"It's just not something we release," he said.
John Rosenthal, president of the realty company,
said there were multiple bids well over the
minimum, with Jeld-Wen coming out the winner. It
will still be several weeks before the company
takes over ownership of the land.
The state of Oregon and the Nature Conservancy
were interested in the property, but weren't able
to assemble bids. Officials at several large
timber companies contacted by the Herald and News
said they weren't bidding on the property the day
bids were due.
"Obviously, we are disappointed that we weren't
successful," said tribal Chairman Allen Foreman.
The acreage has long been held by timber
companies. The Longbell Lumber Co. used railroads
to log it in the 1920s, and Weyerhaeuser Co.
bought it in 1942. Weyerhaeuser sold the land to
U.S. Timberlands in 1996 as the timber giant moved
out of the area.
"It would have been a very important starting
point," Foreman said.
The state of Oregon was also interested in the
land, but Forestry Department officials didn't
have time to get the legislative or budgetary
support to put in a bid.
He said the company has a good timber management
record, and has a good relationship with the
Jeld-Wen began in 1960 as a small Oregon millwork
plant and has grown into a company with more than
150 division and 20,000 employees in 20 countries,
according to a press release from the company.
Most of Jeld Wen's timber holdings are in Klamath
County, said Craig Ditman, manager of the timber
and ranch division. He would not go into details
about how much timberland the company owns.
Most of the land has ponderosa pine stands, which
produce lumber that the company uses in the
production of its windows and doors.
He said the Longbell tree farm would be managed in
the way that the company manages its other
timberland - "gently."
He said the land is in good shape and U.S.
Timberland left it well-stocked with stands of
trees and took care of the creeks that run through
"Mostly, what that ground needs is to let those
trees grow," Ditman said.
"My worst fear was that some, for lack of better words, 'out-of-town' developer would come in and split it up into 80-acre parcels," West said.
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