OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Roads & Engineering

Forest Engineer / Operations Manager
Steve Pilkerton - 541-737-3236

The College Forest road system consists of 142 miles of gated single-lane gravel surfaced roads providing access to 14,500 acres of land managed by the College Forests. Road access is used for teaching, research, demonstration, commercial log hauling, administrative traffic, fire control, and non-motorized recreation. The roads are maintained, repaired, closed or vacated depending on the road management objective (RMO) for each road segment.

McDonald-Dunn Road Management Objective Maps (pdfs)

Blodgett Road Management Objective Map

Road Information and Updates

College Forest Road Systems are gated to control access. Keys may be obtained from the Peavy Arboretum Office for teaching, research, demonstration and other authorized purposes. Gate access helps to prevent illegal dumping, damage to research installations, and unnecessary road maintenance costs. Walking on closed roads can be a pleasant experience.

Storm events and maintenance activities have the potential to disrupt planned forest activities. It is recommended that you contact Dave Young or Tom Edwards (see contact information at top of the page) before accessing the forest.

Road Inventory

An inventory of the road system on each forest includes the location and functionality of drainage structures.

Road Closures

The following McDonald-Dunn roads have been water-barred and are accessible only by four-wheel drive (NO vans or sedans):

  • 100 System: 142, 146, 148, 150, 170, 1010, (between the 100 and the 190)
  • 500 System: 530, 531, 543, 550, 570, 582.2, 582.3, 590
  • 600 System: 611, 630, 640, 650, 660, 670, 672, 672.0, 672.3, 681

The 612.4 road was permanently closed to vehicle traffic as of August 21, 2001. A trail on the road location is available for forest users.

The 200 road is now closed to all but trail use, from the 210 road junction to the 131 road junction. The 230 road and 830 road are no longer roads.

McDonald-Dunn Forests and Road Management Activities in 2014

Forest

Activity

Anticipated Dates

Special Considerations

Dunn Forest

Bean Timber Harvest

April-July, 2014

Forest Roads 100, 190, 191, 1010, as well as parking at the 100 Gate will be closed on weekdays to protect visitors from hazards.

Dunn Forest

 

June-September       2014

Forest Roads 200-320 will be closed to the public due to a road research project. Active roadwork, localized truck traffic, and researchers on site.

McDonald Forest

Cap House Timber Harvest

June-September       2014

Forest Roads 582, 582.2, 560, 500/580 intersection and portions of the Powder House Trail will be closed on weekdays to protect visitors from hazards during the thinning operation.

McDonald    Forest

530 Viewpoint CTL

July-September 2014

Forest Roads 530, 500, 582 and portions of the Section 36 loop Trail will be closed on weekdays to protect visitors from hazards during the thinning operation.

McDonald Forest

CFIRP +20 CTL

July-September, 2014

Forest Roads 800, 800A will be closed on weekdays to protect visitors from hazards during the thinning operation

McDonald    Forest

762 Boundary Thin

May-December, 2014

The 700, 760, 762 roads will be closed weekdays during harvest activities to protect visitors from hazards during the thinning operation.

McDonald    Forest

SFI Tie Thin

May-December 2014

The 600, 680, 700, 760 and 790 accessing McCullough Peak will be closed weekdays during harvest activities to protect visitors from hazards during the thinning operation. Expect log truck traffic.

Dunn Forest

SLTP

Current –December 2014

The Student Logging Training Program (SLTP) will be harvesting on the Dunn Forest.  Be aware of increased truck traffic along the 100, 110, 112 and 300 roads.

McDonald and Dunn Forests

 

April-May 2014

College Forests will be spraying our harvest units to reduce competition of invasive weeds and brush.  See updates at the entrance gates for exact dates.

McDonald    Forest

 

Summer/Fall 2014

An OSU College of Forestry research team will be conducting several small burns in the Oak Creek area to evaluate their effectiveness at treating the invasive grass, false brome.

McDonald and Dunn Forests

 

April-December 2014

Expect ongoing road maintenance activities (ditch/culvert cleaning, grading, etc.) on Forest roads as they occur.