Gray Fox Tree Farm

Project #: 247834  –   Updated: February 06, 2015

Project Summary

Pat Gordon lovingly cared for her 82-acre property, the Gray Fox Tree Farm, in the Applegate Valley for over 30 years. Her efforts were recognized when she was selected as the Jackson County Tree Farmer of the Year by the Small Woodlands Association. Yet it was time to move on. A few weeks after signing a conservation easement protecting her property from clear-cuts and subdivision, Pat sold her property to a couple who were thrilled to live on protected land. This project conserves oak woodland, mixed evergreen forest, meadow, chaparral and habitat for declining Acorn Woodpeckers, Moun...

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Location (by county):
Jackson County (OR)

Watersheds:
Applegate

Congressional Districts:
OR District 02

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
82.0 acres

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Site Name Publicly Accessible
Gray Fox Tree Farm Yes

Full Project Description

Pat Gordon lovingly cared for her 82-acre property, the Gray Fox Tree Farm, in the Applegate Valley for over 30 years. Her efforts were recognized when she was selected as the Jackson County Tree Farmer of the Year by the Small Woodlands Association. Yet it was time to move on. A few weeks after signing a conservation easement protecting her property from clear-cuts and subdivision, Pat sold her property to a couple who were thrilled to live on protected land. This project conserves oak woodland, mixed evergreen forest, meadow, chaparral and habitat for declining Acorn Woodpeckers, Mountain Quail, Pileated Woodpeckers, Western Bluebirds as well as Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers who breed in mature buckbrush – here at the edge of their range. It is also in designated Very Sensitive Winter Deer range and adjacent to federal lands. Cougar, black bear, gray squirrel, and yes, gray fox live here too. This property provides a great corridor for wildlife to travel from the foothills to federal lands at higher elevations.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
Conserve lands in the Rogue Basin in our Applegate Valley Focus Area
Public Benefit

Consistent with plans:

State Wildlife Action Plan
Oregon Strategy
Land Trust Strategic Conservation Plan
SOLC 2011
Habitat Conservation Plan

Targeted habitats:

    • Forests and Woodlands
      • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
        • Oak Forest and Woodland
      • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
        • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest
    • Shrublands and Grasslands
      • Shrublands and Steppe
        • Chaparral

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
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Outcomes

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Organization

Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Kristi Mergenthaler
Southern Oregon Land Conservancy
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