Bend, OR (PressExposure) July 17, 2008 -- The Pocket Ranch is located near Joseph in Wallowa County Oregon. The property begins at an elevation of 2,600 feet and rises to 5,500 feet with a variety of rolling hills, forest glens, mountain canyons and pristine prairie grasslands. Known for some of the best big game hunting in North America there are Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule & White Tail Deer, Black Bear, Cougar and a variety of game birds from Chukar and Blue Grouse to Mountain Quail and Hungarian Partridge. The area is recognized as one of the foremost raptor areas in North America.
At 5817Â± acres the Pocket Ranch is one of the largest contiguous properties in Oregon and the Western United States. There is year around access on paved and county roads. The Pocket Ranch has no public roads that run through the property or any in holding or landlocked parcels. There are 500 acres of timber with timbered draws of Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Aspen and Cottonwoods. The Pocket Ranch has potential for Hunting, Land Conservation, Wind Farming, Cattle, Sport Development or foreign or euro dollar land investment.
Currently the Pocket Ranch is under a private range grazing enhancement program with extensive private conservation work completed to improve and increase wildlife, promote native vegetation, ponds, natural creeks and springs while maintaining a beneficial stewardship to the land. Roads have been improved, bridges and culverts installed, riparian enhancement programs implemented with vegetation management and noxious weed measures achieved to encourage and preserve the natural beauty of this majestic parcel of land.
The headwaters of Butte Creek are located on the property and feed into nearby Sheep Creek, near the Sheep Creek Fish Hatchery. There are 30 or more natural ponds and numerous flowing creeks and springs on the property. An important part of the Pocket Ranch is itâs northern border to the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve which is over 50Â± square miles of the famed Palouse Prairie. The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt preserve is their largest holding in Oregon. The prairie had been ranched for more than a century and bordered the old stagecoach road between Enterprise and Imnaha.
The nearby town of Joseph Oregon was named after the famous âNez Perce Chief for Peace, Chief Josephâ who received his name in 1840 in what later became Wallowa County. In recent years Joseph has gained world wide recognition for bronze casting and creative artistic environment featuring Bronze statues at many street corners. In addition to the world class hunting there are more than 5600 miles of water ways, 50 lakes, seven major rivers and countless creeks providing world class fishing for Chinook & Kokanee Salmon, Native Steelhead, Mackinaw Lake Trout, Dolly Vardon, Rainbow, Eastern Brook Trout, Small Mouth Bass, and Sturgeon in the nearby Snake and Columbia Rivers.
This awe inspiring property has many possibilities from sport ranch and conservation to wind farms, investment or future recreational development. The Pocket Ranch is 25 minutes from the Joseph State Airport with a first class paved and lighted airstrip of 5000+ feet suitable for a wide variety of aircraft that services regional and worldwide visitors.
The Pocket Ranch is offered For Sale: $8,725,500. For information call: Roland White â¢ Broker, Licensed in the State of Oregon with Cushman & Tebbs Sothebys International Realty 541.390.4402.
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