New land owner

Asked November 26, 2018, 11:49 AM EST

Hi, I just bought 40 acres just outside madras. Part of the land is pretty bare from a fire that came through 2 decades back and the other is pretty dense juniper. Neither of these seem optimal in trying to bring better quail, pheasant and deer habitat. What should I do? Thin the junipers? Plant Aspen? Are there resources that can guide me to be a better land steward? Thanks, Jan

Jefferson County Oregon forestry

1 Response

Hi Jan,

Congratulations on your new adventure!

There are many resources to help you assess your land and figure out the best steps for you, based on your unique objectives. Thinning some of your juniper might be helpful to reduce fuels and improve other native plant health and wildlife habitat. Planting aspen is only a good idea if you have the right soil and water availability.

Here are my recommendations for getting started:
1. Learn as much as you can, make a list of what is most important to you, and prioritize.
2. If you sign up for my e-newsletter (click Subscribe on this page, and peruse prior editions of the newsletter) https://extension.oregonstate.edu/newsletter/life-dry-side-forestry-newsletter, you can find out about upcoming workshops, field tours, and new publications.
3. It sounds like you might be interested in improving wildlife habitat. This web page is where I bring all wildlife resources to 1 handy spot (scroll down for wildlife friendly fuels reduction and an older but still useful juniper publication): https://knowyourforest.org/learning-library/creating-a-home-for-wild-animals

Feel free to give me a call at the Deschutes County Extension office (I serve Jefferson County too but my office is in Deschutes) (541) 548-6088 if you want to chat further about any of this.

Best, Nicole