AT THE HEART OF NATURE
The Ashlin offers diversity of land type. The western portion of the ranch offers level pastures with water sources in a small pond and irrigation water shares from Ward Ditch. The interior section of the ranch has Vole Creek running through aspen and willows plus a huge waterfowl pond and open grassy meadows. The eastern portion of the ranch has mature Ponderosa pines, aspen, open meadows and approximately eight tenths of a mile of main Bitterroot River frontage. A recent survey of the property identifies the acreage and the boundaries for the sale.
This ranch was put together by the current owner over a period of 15 years from parcels that were homesteaded in the late 1880s and early 1900s. It was their vision to create a single property offering a small ranching opportunity and private recreation . The individual parcels were not aggregated by the recent survey and remain as part of this history of the ranch for future uses
MULTIPLE PARCEL FLEXIBILITY
The subject property has recently been surveyed as being 347.29 acres. The property is located in Sections 23, 24, 25, & 26, Township 5 North, Range 21 West, Ravalli County. There is no conservation easement on the property. The 5 multiple taxable parcel descriptions will allow for the for the incremental sale of the property upon review by regulations pertaining to the same. The owner currently has a flood plain insurance policy on the main residence complex at an approximate annual cost of $3,678.00. A recent Elevation Survey Certificate provides up to date data. Portions of the ranch are located in a flood designated area and are subject to restrictions.
QUALITY AND QUANTITY
The history of agriculture in the Bitterroot Valley dates back to the mid to late 1800’s where the production of apples was a budding industry. After the completion of the Big Ditch in 1910 using water stored in Lake Como south of Hamilton, thousands of acres were planted with apple trees to be harvested and sold by the boxcar loads. Killing frosts three years in a row in 1922, 1923, & 1924 ended the Apple Boom forever.
Many orchards still exist today, but the primary crop in the Bitterroot Valley is grass and alfalfa hay. Land owners still benefit from the ambitious and marvelously engineered Bitter Root Irrigation District project providing affordable water through valuable d shares in the BRID.
Other sources of irrigation water include the many creeks in the Valley. Snow pack and the hierarchy of historical use determine the quality and quantity of water availability. Generally speaking, the Bitterroot Valley remains green and lush even in the driest of agricultural seasons as the land is not solely dependent upon rainfall.
ROOM TO ROAM
The ranch has approximately 120 acres of pasture for horses or cattle. Estimated carrying capacity is around 30 to 40 horses or A.U. s. The property has a combination of fence designs. The western pastures feature a smooth wire fence with rail top and smooth cable. Interior fences are a combination of post and rail and barbed wire. The stock is kept off the river bottom to protect riparian areas. No animals are currently being kept on the land. All stock panels and sorting or handling equipment is included in the sale.
The ranch is well designed and encompasses the land from Highway 93 South to the Bitterroot River. The property corners will be shown to the buyer or buyer’s representative. There is a small amount of acreage on the east side of the river as illustrated in this approximation using the Ravalli County cadastral system.
GATED ENTRY, PAVED DRIVE, EASY YEAR-ROUND ACCESS
Access to the property is from Highway 93 South about 5 minutes south of Hamilton. The roadway to the ranch is gated with an electronic gate. The property is well designed to include the land from the Highway to the Bitterroot River. The interior ranch road has over 30,000 sf of paving and is easy to travel all year around with the mild Bitterroot Valley winters. The crossing outside the gate over the rarely used railroad tracks is well documented and insured by title.
AGRICULTURAL TAX EXEMPTION
The taxes on the property total $9,569.67. The property is automatically qualified as ag exempt with Department of Revenue because it is over 160 acres, therefore lowering the taxes. The parcel numbers are: 1235500, 1235510, 12331000, 12331010, 1224300. The property was acquired in parts over a period of 15 years into it’s present configuration.
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