Wallowa County, located in the northeast corner of Oregon, is known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and small town living. A longstanding tradition of making a living from the land continues today - ranching and farming remain the cornerstone of our economy, lifestyle, and identity.
Over the last 30 years, an influx of artisans and entrepreneurs – bronze casters, photographers, glass blowers, renewable energy companies, and more – have diversified the region's economy and cultural flavor.
About 2.3 people per square mile, or a total of 7,000, reside in the county, a number that has remained stable since the 1930's. We are 65 miles from the nearest McDonald's and four hours from a major airport. Wallowa County is truly small town living.
However, our economy consistently ranks at or near the bottom in statewide assessments, with 18% unemployment during the winter months. In 1994, all three sawmills shut down, leaving hundreds out of work and initiating an economic decline that we have yet to recover from. Families moved out of the county and school enrollment decreased.
At Wallowa Resources, we respond progressively to these trends with new models of working together and a shared vision for taking care of the land and water. We facilitate innovation in land management and work with local entrepreneurs to pursue new contracts and markets in renewable energy and small diameter logs. We fill education gaps wrought by state budget cuts by providing outside learning programs. Wallowa Resources is a driving force in changing this county. Join us as we face these challenges head on and make a lasting change.