Recreation Planning

Forest Recreation Advisory Council (FRAC)

The Forest Recreation Advisory Council meets quarterly to discuss recreation issues and make recommendations regarding recreation management on the OSU Research Forests.  This group consists of community representatives of various user groups including hikers, equestrians, dog walkers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and forest neighbors.  FRAC weighs in on trails planning, grant applications, closures for harvest activities, and other important recreation issues on the Forests.

Recreation Study Results from McDonald and Dunn Forests (2011)

Needham, M. D., & Rosenberger, R. S. (2011). Public support, demand, and potential revenue for recreation at the McDonald-Dunn Forest. Final project report for Oregon State University College Forests and College of Forestry. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

Interpretive Plan and Style Guide (2014)

These working documents were developed to guide the development of outreach materials on the forest.  You are invited to contribute your ideas regarding how to best interpret the natural world on the OSU Research Forests.  Here is the working Interpretive Plan and attached style guide. 

Recreation Collaborative Recommendations Report (2014)

In 2013-2014, extensive community engagement resulted in recommendations from the visiting public regarding the desired future direction of the Recreation and Engagement Program. The Recreation Collaborative Recommendations Report represents many hours of hard work (9 sessions!) from visitors to the Research Forests in focus groups and Collaborative meetings, with help from researchers Elspeth Gustavson and Christine Olsen.

Recreation and Engagement Program Goals and Objectives (2015)

Faculty and staff from the College of Forestry and the Research Forests met and reviewed the recommendations from the Recreation Collaborative alongside internal needs and mandates. This group developed the Recreation and Engagement Program Goals and Objectives for the future of the Recreation and Engagement Program.  This "living" document outlines the College of Forestry’s intent in managing recreation into the future to serve as a backbone for developing specific plans associated with recreation development and management. 


For more information about recreation planning efforts, contact:

Ryan Brown
Recreation and Engagement Program Manager
(541) 737-6702