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. Learn more about the work on our research forests.

Forest Use Fast Facts

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Get Outdoors Day, meet new staff, bird research, and more!


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


Forest Updates

Get Outdoors Day is this Saturday, June 3rd from 10-3pm! Join us for the free family event and learn about natural resources...

The McDonald Forest 50K trail run is happening this Saturday, 5/6/2023, throughout the McDonald Forest.  The start and...

The spring turkey hunt is now open on the Dunn Forest and will last through May 31st.  The hunts are walk-in (...

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