Patrick Dunn, an immigrant from Ireland, traveled to Ashland in 1851. After years of surveying Southern Oregon, he decided 4224 Hwy 66, on the south end of Ashland, was the perfect location to build his homestead. The house was built in 1860 and the barn a few years later (both are on the National Register of Historic Places). The family and property were cornerstones of the community in the 19th and 20th centuries. The property remained in the family for nearly 100 years. And as it often happens, the estate was sold with hopes of commercial development. For various reasons, the ranch sat in a litigious limbo for decades. And at the end, the land developers lost and the property remained undeveloped.
In summer of 2017, the ranch was purchased with the intention of restoring and stewarding the land for generations to come. Currently, Dunn Ranch Center is certified Organic by Oregon Tilth. We’re testing theories of regenerative agriculture in our farming practices and quantifying the results.
Restoration efforts along Neil Creek have created a significant impact in fish spawning, wildlife habitat and water quality in the Bear Creek Watershed. The Ranch’s 325 acres provide crucial wildlife habitat, as a connector between the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges. Hosting events and workshops at the Ranch enables us to share our mission. And partnering with other organizations amplifies the message and create change.