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. Closures are in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless otherwise noted.

Harvest Closure Frequently Asked Questions

Posted 10/19/2017  6021 and 6021.3 Roads Open for Use in Oak Creek Area

The 6021 Uneven Aged Harvest has been completed in Oak Creek area, meaning that the 6021.3 Road and the 6021 Road are now open for use!  Please be aware the road work remains to be completed in this area. 

The 6021 Uneven Aged Harvest was designed to produce revenue to support student learning in the College of Forestry, as well as to continue a long-term demonstration project looking at multi-aged management of Douglas-fir forests.  

Posted 10/17/2017  Slash Burning on McDonald and Dunn Forests Starting 10/18/2017

Starting Wednesday, 10/18/2017, OSU Research Forests will be burning piles of slash in recent harvest areas throughout the McDonald and Dunn Forests.  Burning will start on Roads 510 and 514 on 10/18/2017, and will move throughout the forest from there.  Timing of burning is dependent on Oregon Department of Forestry approval, and is determined based on weather conditions.  While there are only approximately 10-12 days worth of burning work on the McDonald and Dunn Forests, those days could be spread out over the next two months.  No road or trail closures are anticipated.  

Updated 10/17/2017  530 Road at Section 36 Loop Trail Now Open for Use!

The Peavy CFIRP2 Cut to Length Thin has completed, and visitors are free to use the 530 and 531 Roads.  Please be aware that road work remains to be completed in the area.  

Harvest Information 
Size:     25 Acres           
Prescription: Thin from below: removal of suppressed, diseased, dying and damaged trees
Harvest Method:  Ground-based cut-to-length (CTL) equipment
Reason for Harvest: Allow young trees to continue growing
Research/Demonstration Applications: Long term College of Forestry Integrated Research Project tests alternative forest management strategies and monitors the health of the forest ecosystem. 

Updated 10/13/2017  682 and Connecting Roads Now Open for Use!

Harvest activities for the Quick Draw Harvest have completed, and visitors are welcome to use the 682 and connecting roads.  Please be aware that road work remains to be completed in this area. 

The Quick Draw Thin was approximately 141 acres, designed to remove suppressed, poor growing, and ice damaged conifers.  An additional 7 acre clear-cut was conducted to produce additional revenue to support student learning in the College of Forestry and to address an understocked stand.  Researchers from OSU College of Forestry used the opportunity to conduct a study on a tethered assist harvesting system, looking at machine traction, soil disturbance and compaction, operator health and safety, and operation costs.

Updated 10/11/2017  Nettleton Road (500) Now Open for Use!  

The 590 Cut to Length Thin is now complete, and visitors are welcome to use the 500 (Nettleton), 570, and 590 Roads.  Here's a little information about the harvest:

Harvest Name: 590 Cut to Length (CTL) Thin
Size: 15 Acres 
Prescription: Thin from below: removal of suppressed, diseased, dying and damaged trees 
Harvest Method:  Ground-based cut-to-length (CTL) equipment
Reason for Harvest: Allow larger trees to grow, fuel reduction
Research/Demonstration Applications: Demonstration of fuels reduction by removing ladder fuels along stand boundaries

Updated 10/9/2017   Dunn Forest 110 Road Now Open for Use

The Grand Stand harvest is now complete in the Dunn Forest, and visitors are welcome to use the 110 and connecting roads.  Thank you for your patience!

As a reminder, the Grand Stand unit consisted of 67 acres of thinning, and a 7 acre clearcut. The thinning portion was 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 is used to support teaching, research, demonstration and learning in the College of Forestry. After harvest, OSU Research Forests will re-plant the stand with approximately 3,000 Western Red Cedar seedlings. 

Updated 10/5/2017  600 and 610 Roads at Lewisburg Saddle Now Open!  

Logging operations for the Bowtie Clearcut have been completed on the west side of Lewisburg Saddle, and visitors are free to use the 600 and 610 Roads.  Thank you for your patience! 

This clearcut is designed to provide revenue to support student learning in the OSU Research Forests, as well as provide a demonstration opportunity.  A larger number of trees, including oaks, maples, Douglas-firs and snags (standing dead trees) have been left standing in this clearcut, and carefully arranged with the   topography of the landscape.  The intention is to develop techniques for clearcuts in popular areas to provide a more complex aesthetic landscape, as well as providing valuable wildlife habitat. 

Posted 10/5/2017  Harvest Area Herbicide Applications May Start as Early as Monday, 10/9/2017

Fall herbicide spray on the McDonald and Dunn Forest may start as early as 10/9/2017.  Exact start dates are dependent on weather conditions and contractor availability. All units on the McDonald Forest will be sprayed by ground application utilizing backpack sprayers.  Some units on the Dunn Forest may be sprayed using helicopter, though this is to be determined as the date approaches. 

During application, staff will be positioned at roads and official trails leading into spray areas to keep people away.  Chemical labelling also requires closure of an area to general use until the applied chemical has dried.  The date of application, the name of the chemical used and the industrial 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 one week.

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 2018.

View a map of herbicide application areas here.

Posted 9/28/2017  General Rifle Deer Hunt Starting 9/30-11/3 on the Dunn Forest
The General Rifle Deer Hunt is occurring on the Dunn Forest September 9-November 3, 2017.  One-hundred individuals were randomly selected from 146 applicants (with an advantage given to hunters who applied last year but were not selected). These hunters were sent a permission letter in the mail, granting them access to the Dunn Forest for walk-in hunting.  

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.

Updated 9/6/2017  OSU Research Forests Conditional Use Permit Application Granted by Benton County Planning Comission

The OSU Research Forests applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) with the Benton County Planning Commission in July-September, 2017.  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.  The application was approved with revised "Conditions for Approval" at a Benton County Planning Commission deliberation session on 9/5/2017.  For more information, see our Recreation Planning webpage.

Special Newsletter Edition: Conditional Use Permit

Posted 9/1/2017  Harvest Closure Violations Resulting in Hazardous Situations

On Thursday (8/31), approximately a dozen individuals chose to go through the clearly marked closure on the 770 Road while the logging crew was felling trees directly adjacent to the road.  In addition, two groups entered the closure on the 600 Road near Lewisburg Saddle while the logging crew was felling trees directly adjacent to the road.  

In both of these situations, the people entering had to intentionally go through/around a fence strung across the road to access the harvest site.  You may not hear harvest activities from the closure location - this does NOT mean that harvest operations are not occurring.  For example, the saw could be turned off temporarily during cutting, or the closure could be located some distance from the harvest area.  

Logging crews will be working on the harvest this weekend!  Benton County Sheriff's Department will also be on-site to cite people going through the closures.  

Here are the hazards associated with harvest areas:

  • Trees falling, sometimes across roads and trails
  • Large machinery moving around and transporting logs
  • Compromised ability to communicate hazards due to loud noises and distance
  • Danger to harvest crews while trying to respond to unpredictable hazards associated with untrained people passing through the area 

Finally, we have been having lots of problems with people removing closure information, signs and markings, which has led other people unknowingly entering closure areas on several occasions.  We replace these materials as soon as we catch them, but please be aware that this could occur, and review the closures online before heading out on your visit. On-line materials are kept up-to-date.  

Why are closures 24/7, and why are they so big? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions  

Posted 8/25/2017 CPI Brushing Power Line Corridor Across from Adair Village
On Tuesday, 8/29/2017, Consumers Power Inc. will be mechanically removing brush to address invasive species in the power line corridor running parallel to Highway 99 near the 540 and 547 Gates. Roads and trails in the area will remain open to public use. Herbicide will be applied in this area in the spring of 2018 as a follow up treatment.

Posted 8/17/2017  Bells for Bikes Pilot Test at Oak Creek

In an effort to make our trails safer and more enjoyable for every type of user, the OSU Research Forests, in partnership with Peak Sports, are ringing in something new. Bells will be available at the Oak Creek trailhead for mountain bikers to borrow for their trail ride. These bells will easily attach to the riders’ handlebars or saddle and will provide an easy way to alert other forest users that a bike is approaching. Visitors will simply take a bell out of the bell box at the beginning of their ride and return it when they’re done. If you would like your own personal bell, they are available for purchase at Peak Sports. 

This pilot test, running from August 17, 2017 – October 31, 2017, is hopefully just the beginning of improving enjoyment for every type of trail user that comes to our forest. If you use or encounter these bells on the trails, go ahead and fill out this survey in order to provide us with feedback and make improvements before we fully implement this program at other trailheads in the Research Forests. 

Posted 7/31/2017  Illegal Vandalism Results in Injuries to Two Forest Visitors

This weekend, someone/s removed signage, pulled down flagging, and damaged fencing at several locations associated with the Quick Draw harvest, which started on Friday.  This resulted in serious injuries for two cyclists descending from McCullough Peak onto the 680 Road.  At this location, an a-frame barricade with closure signage had been set 80 feet before high visibility orange fencing strung across the 680 Road (securely attached with a nylon cord).  Over the weekend, someone removed the warning a-frame.  Someone also broke or cut the fencing material so that they were able to pull it back like a curtain, leaving a nearly invisible nylon cord suspended across the road.  Two cyclists descending from McCullough Peak were seriously injured in separate incidents, one by hitting the nylon cord, and the other by falling to avoid the fence.  Both resulted in emergency room/urgent care visits.  The unlawful actions of by someone/s removing the visual cues resulted in two severe accidents involving visitors to the Forests!

The warning a-frame has been re-placed 80 feet before the fencing on the 680 road, with ribbon strung out to the side to indicate an upcoming closure.  In addition, the fence has been lowered so the cord is lower than handlebar height, and pink ribbon has been weaved into the fencing for higher visibility. 

These warnings only work if they are in place.  This type of vandalism is dangerous with real consequences.  Please spread the word and help us prevent this from happening again.   

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.

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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