The windblown poplars that line Interstate 84 near Boardman will soon be cut for good.
One-third of the 25,000-acre Boardman Tree Farm sold in November to a dairy. Now, a Washington agriculture company bought the rest of the land for irrigation crops, such as potatoes.
The Boardman Tree Farm is a distinct element of the Columbia Gorge landscape. Rows and rows of millions of hybrid poplar trees run next to the highway for six miles. GreenWood Resources, a firm that manages forests as investments in timber, has owned the tree farm since 2007, and it has become a community fixture.
Each year, a charity race is held on the site. A sawmill and a veneer plant are located on the farm. The East Oregonian reports that those two companies employ about 100 people.
The poplar trees are harvested on a 12-year cycle. It will takes years to fully clear cut the tree farm.
Willow Creek Dairy, which leases land from Threemile Canyon Farms, bought 7,288 acres from tree farm owner GreenWood Resources for $65 million, according to Capital Press. The dairy is planning to use the land along the southern boundary of the farm, near Finley Buttes.
AgriNorthwest, a company from the Tri-Cities region, will use the land near the highway.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
GreenWood Resources has a headquarters in Portland, but manages forests and timber sales in Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as the U.S. In 2015, the company expanded its operations to near $1 billion in timber assets.
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Thanks to Bob Chambers for bringing this to our attention.