McDonald and Dunn Forest Closure - Effective Immediately

Updated on: 03/31/2020 - 15:34

The Oregon State University Research Forests are closed to all recreation activities.

Closing the forests to recreation was not an easy decision to make. We understand forests and recreation play a critical role in improving our overall well-being.

The decision was made in response to directives and guidelines from Oregon State University, the State of Oregon, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, a majority of our staff are now working from home and are unable to adequately maintain our recreational trails and facilities at a time where increased use would be likely.

Immediately before the closure of the forest, several things were clear: the request to distance was not effective, resulted in the congregation of groups larger than ten people, and a respectful distance was not maintained when users were passing and crossing on trails or loading/unloading at trailheads. 

Taking all of this into consideration, we decided to close the forests to recreation.

We are starting the process of looking at what happens as directives and guidelines are removed or relaxed. As directives and guidelines change, our objective is to open the forest to recreation and provide a safe space for our staff and the public.

For now, the Research Forests remain closed to all recreation activities, and we will update you when the status changes.


The Research Forests Team

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