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Old 09-26-2014, 09:15 AM   #1
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Gaston...?

Anyone live in or near the Gaston, OR area?

Looking at buying some land in the area to move onto and I'd appreciate some local intel.

40 acres, off the grid but has good road access, a stream running thru it and a small beaver pond. It was logged about 22 years ago.

Hoping to build a smallish house on it and have some more timber removed.

Any thoughts, concerns, warnings, referrals, etc. welcomed.

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Old 09-26-2014, 10:53 AM   #2
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Nice area.
Water can be a problem. When drilling a water well saltwater can be encountered.
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Old 09-26-2014, 11:41 AM   #3
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If you are west of Gaston and few hundred feet higher, it's great back there. Lots of good off-road riding in the coast range. Don't cut down all the fucking trees though. Very rural, in fact, to me, with a streem and beavers...that sounds like paradise!!!

There are a few redneck locals out in that directiony, but them damn Californian's keep gentrifying the place, so you should be feel right at home .
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Old 09-26-2014, 12:35 PM   #4
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...have some more timber removed.
Have you checked recently to see whether those trees are still there?

http://www.kgw.com/story/news/local/...lake/15915251/
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Old 09-26-2014, 01:08 PM   #5
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Thanks...

for the help so far.

The fire was north of where our potential purchase is located.

Interesting about hitting salt water while drilling, I'll check into that.

As for the logging, according to a rough map and timber survey done in 1992 the property has about 20 acres of accessible/usable timber, it was logged in 93. From what I've gleaned so far it's probably due to be cut again soon.

Our rough plans are to hopefully use the parts not suitable for timber for a building site for a house or two, a shop, garage, horse barn, and any other buildings we'll need. The only timber we'll have cut will be according to a survey we'll have done and we plan to leave as many trees as is feasible. We won't be using the land for timber production, more like a small cash crop if possible and just for firewood if there's not enough to make it worthwhile for a timber company to use.

I'd love to sort groom it for some wildlife hunting but that's just an idea so far.

Our main concerns right now are getting an accurate location mapped out and then coming up with a construction budget.

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For a small town there are a couple of good bars and places to eat. If you want swank you need to go to Zippy's Pizza in Yamhill (I save that for anniversaries and such, as I don't want to spoil my wife).
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:53 PM   #7
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. . . . . . . . We won't be using the land for timber production, more like a small cash crop if possible . . . . . . . .
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. . . . . . . Ganja is a cash cow . . . . . . ; Just grow it for your "personal, medical" use to begin with, and just wait for the magical herbal cure to be legalized in OR, and then apply for a license to grow commercially (Or not ?) -

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Old 09-27-2014, 03:29 AM   #8
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....it was logged in 93. From what I've gleaned so far it's probably due to be cut again soon.
You can do basic math, right?
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You can do basic math, right?
I can do basic math, why do you ask?
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...why do you ask?
That puts the trees at 21 yo.
Probly not half-ready for market.

But, still probly perfect for making motorbike trails and an obstacle-course through the medium sized trees,...and with that much acreage, it would be perfect for an always-available ADV camp-out ranch...or maybe at least another annual ADV gathering/campout locale. I can just imagine the Linkweewee-sized campfires we could make there, with all that available firewood
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Oregon has very different planning and land use laws than California. I would definitely check to see what the current land class and zoning is before planning too much. Often this kind of land is exclusive farm use (EFU) or something similar, which means you cannot build a traditional home (foundation) on it unless it is of a certain size.

The idea in Oregon is to limit urban sprawl, so "lot" sizes in the country have to be greater than 5, 10, 40, 160 acres (depending) in order to be buildable. If it was logged in the past, it may only allow a trailer, part-time.
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Old 09-27-2014, 09:48 AM   #14
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That puts the trees at 21 yo.
Probly not half-ready for market.

But, still probly perfect for making motorbike trails and an obstacle-course through the medium sized trees,...and with that much acreage, it would be perfect for an always-available ADV camp-out ranch...or maybe at least another annual ADV gathering/campout locale. I can just imagine the Linkweewee-sized campfires we could make there, with all that available firewood
Wouldn't that depend on the species?
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Wouldn't that depend on the species?
If it was replanted for the purpose of harvesting for lumber production, I'm guessing it is Douglas Fir.


From this page: http://oregonforests.org/tree/douglas-fir
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Douglas-fir trees become commercially valuable around the age of 30 years. Rotation lengths range from 30 years to over a hundred years, depending on management objectives.
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