Zena Forest Products is a family-owned business located in the Eola Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley and is home to both the largest White Oak stand in Oregon and the largest contiguous block forest within the Willamette Valley. Home to threatened and endangered animal species, the 1,300-acre forest includes areas of endangered Oak Savannah and Oak Woodland ecosystems as well as headwaters of the Rickreall, Yamhill and Spring Valley watersheds.
The Zena Forest, protected by a conservation easement that stipulates the forest will remain a working forest in perpetuity, has been managed by the Deumling family since 1987. No development is allowed. In addition, strict harvest levels, habitat preservation and enhancement are mandated by the easement, yet they have a successful hardwood flooring, lumber and millwork business.
The Deumling family is leading their industry by example in the management and preservation of the forest's ecological and historical values. Zena is finding ways to make their valuable resources go further, sustain a living forest that will thrive now and into the future, and help other land owners learn how to keep their forests intact through sustainable management practices. Zena Forest Products exemplifies how value-based, rural entrepreneurship can fuel business growth while preserving the quality and character of the forest it depends on.
The Deumlings’ focus is on creating a robust and sustainable forest ecosystem supported by the craft production of local Oregon hardwood flooring, lumber and millwork. Zena produces both solid and engineered hardwood flooring in Oregon White Oak, Western Bigleaf Maple and Oregon Ash. The company also produces custom hardwood stair parts, heat registers, countertops, paneling, lumber and more. For a full list of products and more about Zena Forest Products, visit www.zenaforest.com or call 503-687-2626.