History of Bear Mountain Forest Products

The story of Bear Mountain… In 1988, seasoned forester Bob Sourek had a flicker of an idea. Pellet stoves were being introduced as an ecological and economical alternative heating source. Bob envisioned a future in which people would need quality wood-pellet fuel to burn in those stoves. In addition, his concern for the environment stoked his desire to generate a useful product from the mountains of sawdust and shavings pouring out from the many sawmills within the pristine Columbia River Gorge.

Bear Mountain Forest Products was born of this unique vision and Bob was the only employee at that first pellet facility in Hood River, Oregon. The company quickly blazed ahead, outgrowing that original plant. In 1991 Bear Mountain relocated 20 miles down the Columbia River to the historic town of Cascade Locks, Oregon. With this new site Bear Mountain Forest Products acquired three times the production capacity of the original facility, fueling further growth.

In 2001, Bear Mountain Forest Products acquired Golden Fire Premium Fuel Pellets of Brownsville, Oregon. Considered the “original” wood pellet, the addition of the Golden Fire brand was a stimulus for more expansion. This second manufacturing plant, strategically located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, was an ideal compliment to the company’s existing facility and location.
As the Bear Mountain and Golden Fire brands have continued to develop, new product lines have also been introduced. Current Bear Mountain Forest Products now include:

• Bear Mountain, Golden Fire and America’s Best Premium Wood Fuel Pellets
• Bear Bricks, an alternative compressed wood fuel
• Waxed shavings and gel fire starters
• BBQ Pellets in an array of delicious flavors and other BBQ/smoking fuels
• Dry Den Pellet Stall Bedding and Cozy Den Shavings

Today, like a roaring fire, Bear Mountain Forest Products’ comprehensive line of wood products are made by over 45 employees and are proudly sold in 350+ select retail establishments across the Western United States.

For 25 years Bear Mountain Forest Products has been helping people live warmer, tastier and cleaner lives. So Bob invites you to cozy up by the fire, enjoy a flavorful BBQ and care for your animals with Bear Mountain Forest Products. You’ll find that life just got a little richer.