Tree Farming in Walla Walla Valley

Asked March 28, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

Is there any research on what trees, shrubs, etc grow well in this area? And provide a good return without the same kind of work needed with fruit crops. We are intereded in hardwoods and other wood or bark crops that have an artisan demand. Our property has irrigation rights so we can water without putting in a well.

Umatilla County Oregon forestry

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The hybrid poplar tree farm in the Boardman area is using its trees to produce lumber and biomass for green energy. I believe they are not taking outside wood at present but as the green energy market expands, that may change quickly. Their website is : A publication on hybrid poplars is available from the WSU Extension Publications website:
Hybrid Poplars in the Pacific Northwest: Culture, Commerce, and Capability Symposium Proceedings, April 7-9, 1999 - Pasco, Washi
As regards artisan hardwood crops, I have not been able to find information on that specifically refers to that but would suggest talking to the local tree nurseries as they could tell you what species grow well and may have networking information about that market. Another resource might be Pat Mooney from Creswell, Oregon. Pat is into all kinds of alternative forest products and may have some ideas about good artisan wood crops. His phone number is: 541-517-4036.
Good luck!