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! 

Harvest Closures Map

Skunk Creek Culvert replacement on NW Oak Creek Dr. 7/22/2019 - 8/30/2019

Benton County Public Works will be replacing a culvert on NW Oak Creek Drive starting on 7/22/2019.  The culvert is located just north of the Canyon Drive intersection.  Oak Creek Drive will be closed and traffic will be directed onto an adjacent temporary two-lane bypass road.  The bypass road will be open throughout construction and truck traffic will be limited to vehicles measuring 15 feet or less in height.

No over-weight trucks will be allowed and 10 MPH speed limit will be placed on the bypass road.

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are urged to use caution around the project and should expect noise, dust, construction traffic and periodic short delays throughout the project.

Motorists are asked to share the road with cyclists, riders and pedestrians.

Harvest Closure Starting on Dunn 140 Road 7/18/2019

Updated on: 07/17/2019 - 08:51

Blacktail Thin Harvest Information

Approximate Closure Duration:  July 18, 2019—August 30, 2019
Closed Roads: 140, parking restrictions at 100 Gate
Closed Trails:
none
Haul Routes:
140, 100, 100 Gate
Size: 25.3 acres
Prescription:  Thinning
Harvest Method:  Ground-based cut-to-length machinery
Reason for Harvest:  Forest health and revenue generation to support Research Forest operations and student learning in the College of Forestry.

View a map of the closure area here.

Harvest Closure Starting on Dave's Trail and 582 Road 7/18/2019

Updated on: 07/18/2019 - 08:52

582 CTL Harvest Information

Approximate Closure Duration:  July 18, 2019—August 23, 2019
Closed Roads: 582
Closed Trails:
Dave’s Trail, small portion of Powder House Trail
Haul Routes:
582 Road
Size: 28.3 acres
Prescription:  Thinning
Harvest Method:  Cut-to-length machinery
Reason for Harvest:  Forest health and revenue generation to support Research Forest operations and student learning in the College of Forestry.

View a map of the closure area here.

Portion of Southern McDonald Forest to be Closed for Roadside Herbicide Application Wednesday, 7/17/2019

Updated on: 07/16/2019 - 09:33

The OSU Research Forests will be finishing up herbicide spray on several roads on Wednesday, 7/17/2019.  This spray has been moved up to Wednesday to avoid rain predicted for the original date of Thursday.  Spraying of herbicide on roads, roadside ditches, and cutbanks will occur on the 800 and 680 Road systems, as well as a portion of the 700 Road.  This will also necessitate the closure of Alpha, Ridge, Extendo and Uproute Trails and the 6020 Road to prevent access into the area. Timing of the closure is subject to change, depending on contractor availability and weather conditions.  

Signs will be posted at each closure point announcing the upcoming application.  The date of application, chemical names, and industrial re-entry interval will be written on these signs the day of application. 

The herbicide application operation will consist of a pilot vehicle, a truck spraying chemical, and a chase vehicle.  Roadside spraying occurs once every 2 years to help control the spread of invasive weeds and brush, and to protect the integrity of the road bed and ditches.

If you have any questions about roadside spraying on the OSU Research Forests, please call or e-mail Steve Pilkerton at (541)737-3236, steve.pilkerton@oregonstate.edu

If you have any questions regarding specific chemicals, please contact the National Pesticide Information Center 1-800-858-7378 npic@ace.orst.edu

Dunn 300 Road Open for Visitor Use Starting Wednesday, 7/3/2019 

White Fir Flats harvest activities have been completed, and visitors are welcome to use the 300 and 395 Roads on the Dunn Forest.  Please be aware that slash piling and road work remain to be completed, though no closures are anticipated for these activities.  

Deer and Elk Hunt Applications Open NOW Through 7/31

Updated on: 07/01/2019 - 10:15

Applications for the 2019 Dunn Forest Deer/Elk Bow Hunt, General Rifle Deer Hunt, and Controlled Archery Elk 218R Alsea Unit Bow Hunt are being accepted between July 1-July, 31, 2019. Visit our Hunt Information page to apply.

Harvest Closure Near McCulloch Peak Starting 6/27/2019

Updated on: 06/26/2019 - 20:54

Bermuda Triangle Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  6/27/2019-7/27/2019
Closed Roads: 771, portion of 770
Closed Trails: All unauthorized trails leading into the closure area, including (but not limited to) Rockslide.
Haul Routes: 770-700-700 Gate
Size: 14.2 acres
Prescription:  Clear-cut with structure retention
Harvest Method:  Ground-based using cut-to-length machinery
Reason for Harvest:  Removal of damaged and dying trees resulting from the 2014 ice storm. Revenue generation to support OSU RF operations and student learning in the College of Forestry.

View a map of the harvest area here.

600 Road and Sections of the 300 Road Open to Public Use 6/26/2019

Updated on: 07/03/2019 - 08:23

Harvest Operations will be complete for the RIP Prosser harvest area by tomorrow, meaning the 600 (Patterson) Road will be open for public use starting 6/26/2019.

Harvest Operations will be complete for the PLC Clean-up harvest areas on the Dunn Forest by tomorrow, meaning the 300 Road east of the 400 Road intersection will be open for public use starting 6/26/2019. 

Please be aware that road work for both areas remains to be completed and is scheduled for late fall.  

Harvest Closure Starting Near Oak Creek on Monday, 6/24/2019

Decker Combined Harvest Information

Approximate Closure Duration:  6/24/2019-8/24/2019
Closed Roads: 672.3, portion of 672
Closed Trails:
all unauthorized trails leading into the area, including ‘Hocus Pocus’
Haul Routes:
672, 600, hauling out Oak Creek
Size: 35.5 acres
Prescription:  Thinning
Harvest Method:  Ground based, “cut-to-length” machinery
Reason for Harvest:  Research support and forest health.  Thinning is designed to remove suppressed, poor growing, and damaged conifers.

View a map of the harvest area here.

Harvest Closure Near Jackson Creek Starting 6/19/2019

Maple Syrup Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  6/19/2019-9/1/2019
Closed Roads: Portion of 610
Closed Trails: Middle Horse Access
Haul Routes: 610 out of Lewisburg Saddle
Size: 31.1 acres
Prescription:  Clear-cut
Harvest Method:  Cable yarding
Reason for Harvest:  Replacing an under-producing stand. Revenue generated will support Research Forests operations & student learning in the College of Forestry.

View a map of the harvest area here.

Fire Season in Effect Starting Monday, 6/17/2019

Beginning Monday (6/17/2019) the State Forester with Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has declared Fire Season in effect at Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 1 and the start of Public Regulated Use.  Industrial Fire Precaution Levels regulate how operations are conducted on forest lands protected by ODF.  OSU Research Forests staff, researchers, and volunteers follow these regulations carefully to protect forest resources and neighboring properties. Public Regulated Use describes restrictions to public use of lands protected by ODF and all forest lands within one-eighth of a mile.  

In ADDITION to the restrictions described by ODF through Public Regulated Use, OSU Research Forests prohibits the following activities on all roads, trails, parking areas and lands, year-round:  

  • No smoking or vaping (even in parking areas or parked cars)
  • No campfires or party fires
  • No fireworks
  • No use of spark producing devices (such as chainsaws, mowers, weed eaters and vehicles)

If you see a fire while out on the forest, CALL 911!  We rely on our wonderful visitors to serve as eyes and ears to help us identify and address problems immediately.  

Harvest Closure Starting Near Calloway Creek Trail and 547 Gate on Monday, 6/17/2019

Blake Homestead Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  6/17/2019-8/17/2019
Closed Roads: 547
Closed Trails: 547 Connector Trail
Haul Routes: 547
Size:     21.3      
Prescription:  Clear cut with structure retention
Harvest Method:  Ground based machinery
Reason for Harvest:  Revenue generation to support Research Forest operations and student learning in the College of Forestry.

View a map of the closure area here.

New High Horse Trail Open for Visitor Use

We are pleased to announce that the new "High Horse" Trail is open for public use.  This trail serves as a good detour for the current 600/Patterson Road Closure.  Please use this trail carefully, as it is brand new and vulnerable to damage from feet, bike tires and hooves, especially in wet conditions.  Please contact us with any feedback you might have on the trail design!  

A giant thanks to all of our volunteers, partners, and staff for the many hours of hard work that went into creating this awesome opportunity for the community. 

700 Road Open to Public Use

Harvest Operations are complete for the Crazy Quilt harvest area, meaning the 700 Road is now open for public use.  Please be aware that road work in this area remains to be completed and is scheduled for late fall. 

Closure Violations and Vandalism Lead to Unsafe Conditions

Over the past couple of weeks, several people have chosen to go through the clearly marked closures on the 600 (Patterson) Road while the logging crews were actively working.  People who enter this closure area travel directly through/around high visibility barriers and signs on barricades placed in the roadway. 

While you may not hear harvest activities from the closure location, this does NOT mean that harvest operations are not occurring.  For example, the saw could be turned off temporarily during cutting, or the closure could be located some distance from the harvest area. Logging crews often work on weekends, evenings, and early mornings!  

We have also been having lots of problems with people removing closure information, signs and markings, which has led other people unknowingly entering closure areas on several occasions.  We replace these materials as soon as we catch them, but please be aware that this could occur, and review the closures online before heading out on your visit. On-line materials are kept up-to-date.  

Logging has been identified as the job with the highest fatality rate in the US.  Logging crews have extensive communications and safety protocols in place to operate as safely as they can.  People passing through an active harvest site without the benefit of those protocols are putting themselves - AND the harvest crews - in extreme danger.  

Here are the hazards associated with harvest areas:

  • Trees falling, sometimes across roads and trails
  • Large machinery moving around and transporting logs
  • Compromised ability to communicate hazards due to loud noises and distance
  • Danger to harvest crews while trying to respond to unpredictable hazards associated with untrained people passing through the area 

This weekend, Benton County Sheriff's Department will be on-site to cite people going through the closures.  

We recognize that the vast majority of people receiving this e-mail are entirely respectful of the closures on the Forest.  THANK YOU!!!  We could really use your help in passing this message along within your communities to try to reach the very few folks who are violating these closures.

Why are closures 24/7, and why are they so big? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions  

Please let us know if you have questions or ideas, and thank you for your help

Harvest Operation Closure Near Baker Creek Trail and 800 Road Starting Tuesday, 5/7/2019

No Vacancy Harvest Information

Approximate Closure Duration: 5/7/2019-7/7/2019
Closed Roads: 850, 870, portion of 800
Closed Trails: ALL unauthorized trails leading into closed roads and area
Haul Routes: 850, 800 Roads
Size: 17.5 acres
Prescription: Clearcut with structure retention
Harvest Method: Ground based machinery
Reason for Harvest: Revenue generation to support Research Forest operations and student learning in the College of Forestry.

View a map of the closure area here.