Forest Plan: Long Term Goals

Long term goals for the Cameron Tract, consistent with the intent of the donor and the purposes of the College of Forestry, are as follows:

  1. Tree trunk in tractTo sustain and enhance the physical, biological, and social resources associated with the Tract. It is the intent of the College of Forestry that it manage the Tract in perpetuity. A sustainable flow of forest products and amenities is to be maintained.
  2. To demonstrate good family forest stewardship through active management of the Tract's forest and related resources. The Tract will be managed to sustain and enhance existing resources while producing multiple products and values. Stewardship will be demonstrated through the selection of management activities and the care with which they are designed and undertaken. Demonstrations and other educational events will be conducted in association with management activities, and as special opportunities arise. Management operations will be designed and scheduled so as to maximize education and demonstration value while being cost-effective and responsive to changing timber market conditions. Family forest owners will be the primary, but not sole, audience for Tract demonstrations. Educational events may also be designed for neighbors, policy makers, foresters, students, and other audiences.
  3. To experiment with innovative forest management practices and strategies appropriate for adoption by family forest owners. Potential practices include but are not limited to management planning, effective site preparation, reforestation, and young stand management activities; innovative silvicultural systems, timber harvest designs, and harvesting systems; production of non-timber forest products; forest monitoring; multiple use management; forest road design; and management of aesthetic, unique or rare resources. Recreational uses compatible with the Tract mission are permitted and accommodated where feasible.
  4. To generate periodic income to be used to support the College of Forestry's Starker Program in Private and Family Forestry. Revenue from periodic timber sales is anticipated to be the primary source of income, but sales of non-timber forest products, and other income-generating activities are not precluded.
  5. To nurture a longterm, collaborative, mutual learning relationship between the College of Forestry, family forest owners, and others who care about family forests in Oregon. The Tract is to be seen as an arena where forest owners, foresters, neighbors, and others, can learn together and from each other. It is to be valued as a good neighbor in the Soap Creek neighborhood. The affairs of the Tract shall be managed in such a manner as to foster an environment of mutual respect, open communication, and neighborliness. These general goals will guide management of the Tract. Planning for major management activities such as timber harvests or road construction will take place within the framework of this longrange plan, and on a five to ten year basis. Planning for specific management, demonstration, and education activities will take place throughout the year as opportunities and needs arise.