Recreation Planning

Conditional Use Permit Application and Approval

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 - the approval letter will be posted here when it is finalized.  

Special Newsletter Edition: Conditional Use Permit

Review the Conditional Use Permit application and materials here:

*Please note that Phase III was removed from the permit application, and the timeframe was reduced to 5 years

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. 

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, and weighs in on trails planning, grant applications, closures for harvest activities, and other important recreation issues on the Forests.

As of May 2017, we are pleased to announce the selection of some new representatives on the Forest Recreation Advisory Council (FRAC): 

Dog Walker: Joan Hagar
Hiker: Ken Fitschen
Trail Runner: Ken Ward
Family Use: Helen Kao

Returning members: 
Planning: Phil Hays
Equestrian: Sally Shaw 
Hunter: Glenn Fisher 
Mountain Biker: Trey Jackson 

Congratulations to our new FRAC members, and thank you to all of the very well qualified applicants! Thank you also to our outgoing FRAC members Kay Yates, Randy Rasmussen, and Clem LaCava. Your thoughts, ideas and feedback have been instrumental in our ability to provide great recreation opportunities on the forest. 

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