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.
Updated 2/23/2017 Quick Draw Thin and Clear Cut Enters Phase II - Additional Closures
This harvest will not impact any official trails, though it will impact unauthorized trails including “The Plunge,” “Innuendo” and “Funnel Cake.” Because these trails are not managed by the OSU Research Forest, and we do not condone their use, they will not be restored following the timber harvest.
Harvesting will be completed by a ground-based harvester, which removes the tree from the stump and cuts it to specified lengths. A forwarder then picks up the logs and brings them to the road for loading onto a truck. In the steeper portions of the harvest area (30% slope +), both the harvester and forwarder will use a new technology called a tethered assist cable system to minimize soil compaction and allow for operation during wetter periods. During wet months, the tethered assist will be used on all slopes. Researchers from OSU College of Forestry are conducting a study on the tethered assist harvesting system, looking at machine traction, soil disturbance and compaction, and operation costs.
Updated 11/10/2016 770 Thin Closure in Oak Creek Area Lifted Until Next Summer
The 770 Thin/CC closure area has been lifted, and the 770 Road is now open for public use. With the significant rain received in October, some damage occurred to the 770 Road and one of the roads used within the harvest unit. Out of concern for further road damage and to prevent additional resource damage within the harvest area, we have decided to delay the rest of the planned harvest until conditions are drier.
Updated 10/5/2016 New Dave's Trail Temporarily Closed for Wet Weather
The new Dave's Trail is closed until further notice until it is durable enough to withstand recreation use.
The creation of this trail was made possible by funds raised through the Condor 25K Trail Run (see a map of this trail here). In appreciation, the trail was completed in time for the race, which occurred last Sunday. We did not anticipate the heavy rains in this plan, and as a result, the tread of the trail suffered damage from the race traffic.
Thank you to Corvallis Trail Runners for volunteering to lead a work party to help us repair the trail tread. Once the tread is repaired, we will allow the trail to settle in, spend some time compacting the surface with a plate compactor, and allow for a protective layer of duff to cover the trail. When we have established that this is the case, we will open the trail for use again. We want to acknowledge and appreciate all of the volunteers who have put so many hours into creating this trail - thank you! This is only a small, temporary set-back, and one that is to be expected when venturing into the new realm of designing and using natural surface trails.
We'll let you know when the trail is ready for use again, and in the meantime, thank you for your patience!
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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