Current Activities

Information about forest closures is located at key access points, and closures are clearly marked on-site. Harvest areas are extremely dangerous for visitors and harvest crews, with hazards from falling trees and large equipment. Thank you for your respect of these safety closures!

Posted 11/27/2018  Slash Burning Near Extendo Trail Today!

Please be aware that staff will be burning slash piles near Extendo Trail today.  Expect to see visible flames and smoke in the area.  

Posted 11/9/2018 Recreation Study Results from McDonald and Dunn Forests (2018)

Acting on its mission to provide quality recreation and learning opportunities, the OSU Research Forests funded researchers Chad Kooistra and Ian Munanura in a research study to survey recreation users of the McDonald and Dunn Forests in 2017. These data, and the recommendations made by the authors, are incredibly valuable to Forest Managers in making decisions for the Forests’ Recreation and Engagement Program.

Access the full documents here:

Kooistra, C. & Munanura, I. (2018). OSU Forest Recreation Survey Report. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Final project report for Oregon State University College Forests and College of Forestry.

Posted 11/2/2018 Seasonal Restrictions in Effect 10/31-4/15

Seasonal closures go into effect for bikes on the Intensive Management and Calloway Creek Trails starting this month.  Extendo Trail will remain open on a trial basis this winter, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers in preparing it for winter use!  

Also a reminder that the use of any trail is not allowed when travel will result in leaving a track in the mud, or when there is significant standing water on the trail.  This is especially important for natural surface trails such as Dave's, Vineyard Mountain, and Beautiful Trails.  

Posted 10/28/2018  New Lewisburg Saddle Parking Area Open for Business!

We are pleased to announce the new parking area at Lewisburg Saddle is open and available for use. As this is a new parking area, please take a little extra time to notice the entry and exit points to be sure and use the site according the the designed traffic "flow." You'll see that traffic is one-way only, and that parking is head-in. Please keep in touch if you experience any issues in using the new parking area.

At this time, the additional pullout located to the north of the new parking area (at the end of Sidesaddle Trail) is designated for trailer parking only. Please keep this area open for our equestrian friends who are unable to park at the parking areas at the top of the Saddle - even one passenger vehicle parked in the wrong spot can make it impossible for a trailer to use this area.

As a heads-up about next steps at the Saddle, we will be working with Benton County Public Works to install more of the delineators along the shoulder between the "old" and "new" parking areas. We are also continuing the analysis of the rest of the shoulder parking, which may result in some additional shoulder closures. Please stay tuned and we'll share results with you when we have them!

Special thanks to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the Recreation Trails Program grant that made this project possible. Thanks also to our partners at Benton County Public Works and staff members Stephen Pilkerton, Matt McPharlin and Ryan Brown, as well as all of the student workers and CORE volunteers who did much of the heavy lifting. Thanks also to all of YOU for your patience during this long construction phase!

Learn more and view photos here

Posted 9/25/2018  General Season Rifle Deer Hunt 9/29-11/2 on the Dunn Forest  

The General Season Rifle Deer Hunt will be occurring on the Dunn Forest from 9/29-11/2.  Out of the 170 people who applied, 100 were randomly selected and received a letter in the mail allowing them to access the Dunn Forest for walk-in hunting.  Hunters may use a rifle or other ODFW approved weapons, and may only hunt deer.  

You may or may not see hunters while you are out on the Dunn Forest over the next month.  Here are some tips from the USDA Forest Service on hunting safety for hunters and other recreators. 

Here is a map of the area where hunting is allowed, for your reference.

CLICK HERE to learn more about hunts offered on the Dunn Forest.

Updated 8/17/2018  Harvest Operations Complete on the McDonald Forest; Visitors Welcome to Use Roads and Trails  

Harvest operations have been concluded on all units within the McDonald Forest, though some closures remain in effect on the Dunn Forest.  Please keep in mind that road workstill remains to be completed at a later date. 

You'll see that some of the forest looks a little different than last time you visited, as these forest stands have received either a thinning or clearcut prescription.  For a reminder of why clearcuts are sometimes used as a management tool on the OSU Research Forests, check out this newsletter article, pages 14-16

Road Work

Intermittent road maintenence activities occur on the OSU Research Forests.  Please yield to the trucks.  Use extreme caution when approaching operating equipment and only pass when given the OK.

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