About our Tree Farm

 

My wife and I purchased 1,700 acres above Kitsap Lake in 2004. Since our initial purchase, Ueland Tree Farm (UTF) has grown to over 2,300 acres. Over the last 14 years we have worked to manage our tree farm in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and to generate revenue to maintain the tree farm in a healthy condition and realize a fair rate of return on our investment. Kitsap County is a beautiful and growing region. One of our objectives is to demonstrate we can profitably meet community demand for natural resources such as timber and rock while operating responsibly. We are convinced it is possible to:

  • earn an attractive long-term return on our investment and allow recreational opportunities for the public;
  • be both good neighbors and good stewards (financially and environmentally) of the property entrusted in our care.

Our intention is to keep most of the tree farm in long-term forestry, with the remainder used for mineral resources, residential development, or similar purposes. We are committed to protecting key riparian areas, the primary wildlife corridors that cross our property, and water quality and flows that impact Kitsap Lake and the Chico Creek salmon run.

 

 

 

 

As a Pacific Northwest native, our family has been blessed to hike, backpack, canoe, raft, bike, and ride horses on hundreds and hundreds of miles of trails and rivers in the Puget Sound region. We are pleased so many people take advantage of the recreational and educational opportunities available on the tree farm, which hosts dozens of visitors on the typical day and hundreds during special events such as the annual Native Plant Salvage Weekend with Kitsap County Master Gardeners and for special occasions such as geological hikes/presentations. The tree farm has hosted groups as diverse as the Washington Conservation Corps, Olympic College, Search & Rescue training, and various tribal groups. We are honored to be listed in both Urban Trails Kitsap (Craig Romano’s new book) and Micah Kipple’s Kitsap Waterfall Survey.

Please enjoy the short hike up to Dickerson Falls or discover a quiet spot in the far reaches of the tree farm. Along the way, if you spot something suspicious, please contact us by email or call Mark Mauren directly if it is urgent: (253) 307-5900. We welcome your feedback and greatly appreciate the many people who help us watch over UTF. Together, we can keep Kitsap County one of the most beautiful and livable areas in the country!

Craig Ueland, Managing Member, Ueland Tree Farm

For more information and a trail map, please see the Public Access section.

Timeline

2004 Acquired 1,700 acres above Kitsap Lake from Port Blakely Tree Farms under the name Ueland Tree Farm, LLC

2009 Established Conservation Easement with Mountaineers Foundation on 100 acres near Chico and Lost Creeks to protect critical watershed areas

2009 Acquired 470 acre urban parcel from Port Blakely under name of Bremerton West Ridge, LLC, (BWR), a sister company of UTF

2011 Received Conditional Use Permit for Mineral Extraction from Kitsap County

2012 Acquired nearby Kitsap Quarry from Rock Enterprises

2012 Sold 68 acres near Chico Creek to Mountaineers Foundation in an effort to further protect Chico Creek, the most productive salmon run in Kitsap County

2013 Purchased 115 acres between Kitsap Quarry and the railroad tracks, which was the last of four private property acquisitions needed for an internal access route between UTF and Kitsap Quarry

2014 Completed Property Exchange with City of Bremerton, helping protect the Bremerton watershed, improve internal access between BWR and UTF, and better align property boundaries for both parties

2016 Merged BWR into UTF to simplify operations; established Ueland Family holding company to help protect property for future generations

2017-18 Established Lebers Lane Trailhead parking area. Built bridge across Dickerson Creek and adjoining trail to base of Dickerson Falls

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