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!

Posted 3/14/2019  "New" Parking Area at Lewisburg Saddle Closed Saturday, 3/16/2019 from 7:00am-2:00pm

Volunteers will be working at the "new" parking area at Lewisburg Saddle as part of an Eagle Scout project to install a rustic split rail fence.  The fence will replace the current temporary fencing surrounding the edges of the parking area.  The parking area will be closed for the safety of our volunteers. 

Parking is quite limited at Lewisburg Saddle.  Please consider visiting elsewhere or delaying your visit until later in the weekend to avoid congestion and unsafe parking situations.      

Posted 12/12/2018 Oak Creek One-way Traffic Starting 12/13 or 12/14

Staff will be installing signage and other devices at Oak Creek parking area on Thursday or Friday of this week.  After this is complete, drivers will follow a one-way loop pattern when moving through the site.  Please take a little extra time to note the new signs and follow the directions as posted.  Also please be aware that the buildings on-site are actively used by researchers, and that parking in the"loop area" is reserved exclusively for their use.   Thanks for your help with making this change a success!   

Posted 11/9/2018 Recreation Study Results from McDonald and Dunn Forests (2018)

Acting on its mission to provide quality recreation and learning opportunities, the OSU Research Forests funded researchers Chad Kooistra and Ian Munanura in a research study to survey recreation users of the McDonald and Dunn Forests in 2017. These data, and the recommendations made by the authors, are incredibly valuable to Forest Managers in making decisions for the Forests’ Recreation and Engagement Program.

Access the full documents here:

Kooistra, C. & Munanura, I. (2018). OSU Forest Recreation Survey Report. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Final project report for Oregon State University College Forests and College of Forestry.

Posted 11/2/2018 Seasonal Restrictions in Effect 10/31-4/15

Seasonal closures go into effect for bikes on the Intensive Management and Calloway Creek Trails starting this month.  Extendo Trail will remain open on a trial basis this winter, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers in preparing it for winter use!  

Also a reminder that the use of any trail is not allowed when travel will result in leaving a track in the mud, or when there is significant standing water on the trail.  This is especially important for natural surface trails such as Dave's, Vineyard Mountain, and Beautiful Trails.  

Posted 10/28/2018  New Lewisburg Saddle Parking Area Open for Business!

We are pleased to announce the new parking area at Lewisburg Saddle is open and available for use. As this is a new parking area, please take a little extra time to notice the entry and exit points to be sure and use the site according the the designed traffic "flow." You'll see that traffic is one-way only, and that parking is head-in. Please keep in touch if you experience any issues in using the new parking area.

At this time, the additional pullout located to the north of the new parking area (at the end of Sidesaddle Trail) is designated for trailer parking only. Please keep this area open for our equestrian friends who are unable to park at the parking areas at the top of the Saddle - even one passenger vehicle parked in the wrong spot can make it impossible for a trailer to use this area.

As a heads-up about next steps at the Saddle, we will be working with Benton County Public Works to install more of the delineators along the shoulder between the "old" and "new" parking areas. We are also continuing the analysis of the rest of the shoulder parking, which may result in some additional shoulder closures. Please stay tuned and we'll share results with you when we have them!

Special thanks to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the Recreation Trails Program grant that made this project possible. Thanks also to our partners at Benton County Public Works and staff members Stephen Pilkerton, Matt McPharlin and Ryan Brown, as well as all of the student workers and CORE volunteers who did much of the heavy lifting. Thanks also to all of YOU for your patience during this long construction phase!

Learn more and view photos here

Updated 8/17/2018  Harvest Operations Complete on the McDonald Forest; Visitors Welcome to Use Roads and Trails  

Harvest operations have been concluded on all units within the McDonald Forest, though some closures remain in effect on the Dunn Forest.  Please keep in mind that road workstill remains to be completed at a later date. 

You'll see that some of the forest looks a little different than last time you visited, as these forest stands have received either a thinning or clearcut prescription.  For a reminder of why clearcuts are sometimes used as a management tool on the OSU Research Forests, check out this newsletter article, pages 14-16

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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