Welcome to the OSU Research Forests

The OSU Research Forests were donated to the College of Forestry to serve as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom for students, researchers and managers to learn about forest ecosystems and management. OSU utilizes the Research Forests to find new ways to sustainably manage forests for conservation, education, business and recreation.

Our forests proudly serve as a refuge for the community to connect with nature, learn about our ecosystems, and enjoy favorite outdoor activities. All operations on the forests – including recreation and trails – are self-funded through timber harvests.

News + Activities

Read about our 2023 harvests, long term research, Get Outdoors Day, and more! 


Enjoy our winter newsletter, filled with stories about forest management, recreation highlights...

Forest Updates

Ash Yew harvest is now complete, 3/22/23

Harvest operations for the Ash Yew harvest unit on the McDonald Forest are...

Dunn CFIRP 6 & 7 is Starting Monday 3/6/23

Approximate Closure Duration:  2 - 3 months

Saturday, March 4th is the McDonald Forest 5k/15k. ...

A legacy of impact