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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 7/19/2017  OSU Research Forests Applies for Conditional Use Permit with Benton County Planning Comission

The OSU Research Forests is in the process of applying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) with the Benton County Planning Commission.  Most of McDonald Forest and the portion of Dunn Forest that is within Benton County are zoned for Forest Conservation. While some activities are automatically allowed in the Forest Conservation Zone (timber harvest, forest road construction, herbicide use, etc.), recreation uses and facilities require Conditional Use Permit review and approval by the Benton County Planning Commission.

 Read more about the why we are applying for a Conditional Use Permit here.

 Review the Conditional Use Permit application and materials here:

Connect with us! Click here to connect with us directly to ask questions or provide constructive feedback regarding the potential projects in the plan. This will help us establish relevant priorities and shape the future of the recreation program. 

Provide your official comments to Benton County Planning Commission regarding the Conditional Use Criteria at the public hearing on August 1st (7:00pm in Benton County Sunset Building). Written testimony may be submitted to County Staff in advance of the hearing, or directly to the Planning Commission at the hearing.  Send written testimony (prior to hearing) to:

E-mail: kevin.young@Co.Benton.OR.US

Mail: Kevin Young
Benton County Community Development 
360 SW Avery Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97333


Updated 7/11/2017  Public Closures for Broom Stick Clearcut Lifted - Public Free to Use the Area

Harvest operations have been completed on Broom Stick Clearcut, and visitors are free to use the area, including Roads 770 and 6023.  

Harvest Information:  This 29 acre clearcut was designed to produce revenue and to support student learning in the College of Forestry.  In addition, researchers with the College of Forestry are evaluating effects of harvesting on stream characteristics. Researchers will be measuring stream temperature and flow dynamics to determine if there is a correlation with harvesting activities.  Per Oregon Forest Practices Act guidelines, a minimum of two, high value wildlife trees were left standing, as well as a minimum of two downed logs will be left per acre.  A 50-foot, no-cut buffer protects a small stream located along the northern edge of the unit.  OSU Research Forests will re-plant the stand with approximately 13,000 Douglas-fir seedlings.

Posted 7/11/2017 Hunting Applications Now Accepted for Dunn Forest

Throughout the month of July, the public is invited to submit applications to hunt on the Dunn Forest for several hunts.  This walk-in hunting experience is a special opportunity that is well loved in our community.  Random selections are made in early August.  

For more information and to submit your application, click here!  

Updated 7/11/2017  Public Closures on Homestead Trail in Oak Creek Area Starting 6/29/2017

Update: Access to the 770 Road has been opened with the completion of the Broom Stick Harvest.  See updated map below for details.

Starting on Thursday, 6/29/2017, public use closures in the Oak Creek area will be in effect for the Urban Clear harvest 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Closures will include a segment of the Homestead Trail, allowing only out-and-back access (no loop). Additional closures include Roads 6021, 6021.1, 6021.3 and all unauthorized trails accessing the area, including those leading from private residences. Parking restrictions will be in effect at Oak Creek to allow the passage of log trucks.

This clear cut is approximately 15 acres, and is scheduled to run through August 2017. This harvest is designed to produce revenue and to support student learning in the College of Forestry. The harvest is also designed to support a research project in the College of Forestry’s Forest Engineering and Resource Management department, where researchers are evaluating soil nutrients potentially removed by the harvesting activity.

This harvest will employ ground-based harveseting equipment to first remove high value trees to be used as utility poles, followed by a clearcut. To learn more about why the OSU Research Forests sometimes prescribe clearcuts, see page 20 of this newsletter article from 2016.

Click here for more information about this harvest and a map of the closure area. 


Updated 6/23/2017  Roadside Herbicide Spray Complete; McDonald, Dunn and Elizabeth Starker Cameron Demonstration Forests Open to Public Use

UPDATE: The last of the roadside herbicide spray was completed this morning on the southern half of the McDonald Forest.  The chemical has dried and the public closure has been lifted.  Visitors are now welcome to access the McDonald, Dunn and Elizabeth Starker Cameron Demonstration Forests.  

Background: The OSU Research Forests sprayed all roads, roadside ditches, and cutbanks on the McDonald, Dunn and Elizabeth Starker Cameron Demonstration Forests. Chemical labeling requires closure of an area to general use until the applied chemical has dried.  Signs have been posted at each forest gate announcing application, and a brightly colored sticker indicates the date of application and chemical names.  

Roadside spraying occurs once every 2 years to help control the spread of invasive weeds and brush, and to protect the integrity of the road bed and ditches. 

If you have any questions about roadside spraying on the OSU Research Forests, please call or e-mail Steve Pilkerton at (541)737-3236, steve.pilkerton@oregonstate.edu

If you have any questions regarding specific chemicals, please contact the National Pesticide Information Center 1-800-858-7378 npic@ace.orst.edu 


Posted 6/13/2017 Public Closures for Grand Stand Harvest on the Dunn Forest Starting 6/13

Starting Tuesday, 6/13/2017, closures associated with the Grand Stand Harvest area will be in place on the 110 Roads (and connecting roads) on the Dunn Forest.  Parking will be limited at the 100 Gate, and hauling will occur through the 100 and 110 Roads. This harvest is scheduled to run from June-September, 2017, and closures are in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

See a map of the closure area here.

The Grand Stand consists of 67 acres of thinning, and a 7 acre clearcut. The thinning portion is designed to remove diseased, damaged and dying trees resulting from the 2014 ice storm. The clearcut portion is designed to provide revenue to the College of Forestry and to remove trees being impacted by root rot. Revenue generated in these operations will support teaching, research, demonstration and learning in the College of Forestry. 

The harvest will employ ground-based harvest methods in both the clearcut and thinning areas. Per Oregon Forest Practices Act guidelines, a minimum of two, high value wildlife trees will be left standing, as well as a minimum of two downed logs will be left per acre in the clearcut area. A 50-foot, no-cut buffer will protect a small stream located within the unit.  After harvest, OSU Research Forests will re-plant the stand with approximately 3,000 Western Red Cedar seedlings.


Updated 5/9/2017  Spring Herbicide Spray Starting as Early as Wednesday, 5/10/2017 on the McDonald Forest
Contractors are finishing up herbicide application on the Dunn Forest, and are likely to start spraying units on the McDonald Forest on Wednesday, 5/10/2017 or Thursday, 5/11/2017.  Exact start date will depend 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.

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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