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 4/7/2017  Lower Horse Trail Closed Starting 4/10/2017 for Repairs

Lower Horse Trail and the trail connector to 610 will be closed starting Monday, 4/10 to allow staff and volunteers to repair trail tread. OSU Research Forests has rented a Ditch Witch mini skid steer from Northwest Trail Alliance to help us efficiently fix problem areas that have persisted on that segment of trail. Please do not use the trail during this time to protect the in-progress work on the trail tread, and also to provide for your safety around the large equipment. We hope to have the trail opened back up for your use by Monday, 4/17.

See a map of the closure area here.

If YOU would like to be involved with these trail improvements, please join us for our workparty on 4/15 to put the finishing touches on the repairs! Thank you in advance to everyone who observes the closure and comes out to help, as well as our core volunteers and student employees helping with the project. Contact Matt McPharlin matt.mcpharlin@oregonstate.edu for more details.

Posted 4/5/2017  Spring Herbicide Spray Starting as Early as Monday, 4/10/2017

Spring herbicide spray on the McDonald and Dunn Forest will start as early as 4/10/2017.  Exact start dates are dependent on weather conditions and contractor availability. All units on the McDonald and Dunn Forests will be sprayed by ground application utilizing backpack sprayers. 

During application, staff will be positioned at roads and official trails leading into spray areas to keep people away. The date of application, the name of the chemical used and the re-entry interval will be written on the signs posted at entry points into each herbicide application area. These signs will remain in place for two weeks.

This herbicide application is intended to control the growth of non-native species and competing vegetation in units harvested in past years, as well as to prepare units scheduled for harvest in 2017.

View a map of herbicide application areas here.

Updated 4/5/2017  Quick Draw Thin and Clear Cut Temporarily Delayed – Area Open for Public Use Starting 4/6/2017

Due to wet weather conditions, harvest activities on the Quick Draw unit are suspended until drier summer months.  The closure for the Quick Draw harvest unit has been lifted until further notice and the public are free to use Roads 680 and 682.   Closures will be reinstated in summer of 2017.   


Updated 1/23/2016  Area Closures Lifted - Road Work Remains
Several closures have been lifted throughout the McDonald and Dunn Forests in recent months (Chip Ross/Charlie Meadows, Dunnit, Pine Raceway Thin, CFIRP Patch Cuts, and the 670 Clear), and members of the public are free to use these areas.  Please note that additional work remains to be completed on the roads, so please keep this in mind when traveling through these areas.  

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.  

The damaged road within the harvest area has been stabilized to prevent soil erosion during winter months.  Full repair of this road will occur following the completion of the harvest next summer when conditions are drier.  Expect to encounter muddy conditions when traveling in the area, and please be patient with us as we work to get the roads returned to pre-harvest standards.  We expect to finish the harvest and complete final road repair in summer of 2017.

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! 

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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