Seneca started as a small sawmill operation founded by Aaron Jones in 1953 producing just 18 million board feet of lumber.  Today, owners Becky, Kathy, and Jody Jones continue the legacy of leadership and innovation in the wood products industry, overseeing a multi-company organization consisting of:

  • Seneca Sawmill Company which currently includes three sawmills in Eugene, Oregon and one sawmill in Noti, Oregon, with combined production levels reaching 650 million board feet annually.
  • Seneca Jones Timber Company which has 175,000 acres managed sustainably. We grow more than we harvest every year and currently have 92% more stock on those acres than we had 25 years ago. We also manage for cool clean water, thriving wildlife and world class recreation.
  • Seneca Sustainable Energy which operates the cleanest running biomass facility in America. We produce enough green energy to power 13,000 homes by utilizing wood byproducts from our sawmill operations as well as grinding up and trucking in the fodder that used to be left out in the woods after a logging operation. The facility produces 19.8 MW of renewable power utilized by the local community, plus steam for the on-site dry kilns.

Seneca’s success depends on three very important components: innovation, sound stewardship of the land, and the highest quality work force in the wood products industry.

Co-Owner Kathy Jones-McCann teaches stewardship to grandchildren

Co-Owner Becky Jones plants a tree with Ava, the youngest member of the family

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Todd Payne Named President & General Manager of SPI’s Lumber Business | November 18, 2021
Todd Payne Named President & General Manager of SPI’s Lumber Business FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2021 Contact: Andrea Howell Phone: 530-378-8000 Anderson, CA – Sierra Pacific Industries has named Todd Payne as President and General Manager of the Lumber Business. “Todd exemplifies the Sierra Pacific’s values,” said CEO Mark Emmerson. “I have great confidence Read More...

Sierra Pacific Industries Completes Acquisition of Seneca | October 1, 2021
Sierra Pacific Industries Completes Acquisition of Seneca FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Andrea Howell October 1, 2021 Anderson, CA – Sierra Pacific Industries today announced the completion of its acquisition of Seneca. The combination of these two companies positions SPI as a West Coast forest products leader with more than 2.3 million acres of sustainably managed Read More...

Sierra Pacific Industries and Seneca Plan to Combine Complementary, Family-Owned Forest Products Businesses With Shared Values and Sustainability Focus | August 6, 2021
  ANDERSON, CA and EUGENE, OR–Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) and Seneca today announced that SPI plans to acquire Seneca and affiliates, combining two complementary, family-owned forest products businesses with strong historical roots on the West Coast. Founded in 1953, Seneca operates a 175,000-acre sustainably-managed tree farm, sawmills, and a biomass plant in Oregon. SPI, a Read More...

Timberland Owners Close Access to Private Lands for Fire Season | June 23, 2021
WESTERN OREGON, June 23, 2021 – Several private timberland owners and managers in Western Oregon have agreed to close their land to public access starting on Monday, June 28. Due to drought conditions, and above-average temperatures, agencies are predicting a bad fire season in Oregon. According to the Department of Forestry, the state has recorded Read More...

Hope from the Holiday Farm Fire | February 5, 2021
We, at Seneca, love our neighbors who live and work up the McKenzie River corridor and we have a special appreciation for all of the restaurant owners along the McKenzie River corridor.  The restaurants up the McKenzie are more than a place to gather and eat, they are often the main economic engine in their Read More...