Forest Updates

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

Previous Years' Harvest Info Sheets


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.

Sincerely,

The Research Forests Team

For updates about the McDonald and Dunn forests and the recreation closure, please visit cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu.

OSU Research Forest Business Office Closed at Least through 3/30/2020

In accordance with OSU's response to the COVID-19 virus, the OSU Research Forest Business Office will be closed through 3/30/2020 and possibly longer. Working remotely, we will continue to manage our forests and bring you important forest updates. Kiosks and other recreation facilities will also receive regular maintenance. 

If you have questions or concerns you can always reach us through our contact us web form.

Dunn Closures Near 300 Rd Starting 3/16/2020

310 Dunn CC Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  6-8 weeks             
Closed Roads: 310, portions of 300, 440 Rd
Closed Trails:  None                                           
Haul Routes: 300 Rd
Size: 10.1 ac
Harvest Method:  Cable logging
Prescription:  Clear-cut w/ structural retention (13.8 trees/acre retained). Replanting planned for 2021 or 2022
Reason for Harvest:  Revenue generation to support Research Forests operations and student learning in the CoF.
Stand Age:  77
Additional Considerations: Appx 13.8 trees/acre will be left in the stand, exceeding requirements of Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA).
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

Dunn CFIRP 5+ Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  6-8 weeks             
Closed Roads: 310, portions of 300, 440 Rd
Closed Trails:  None                                           
Haul Routes: 300 Rd
Size: 10 ac
Harvest Method:  Cable logging
Prescription:  Group selection (several small openings totaling 10 acres). Replanting planned for 2021 or 2022
Reason for Harvest:  Long-term College of Forestry Integrated Research Project (CFIRP) studies the ecological benefits, economic viability, and social impacts of “group selection,” an alternative Douglas-fir management strategy that creates several small openings rather than one larger clear-cut. This will be the first entry into this stand in support of the study.
Stand Age:  110-150
Additional Considerations: older legacy oaks and conifers will be retained in the stand. Appx. 19.8 trees/acre will be left in  the stand, exceeding requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA).
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

View map of harvest area here.

400 Road Open for Use

Harvest operations are complete for the Student Logging Training Program Harvest, Rock Pit 3, meaning the 400 Road is now open for public use.

Please be aware that road work remains to be completed and be prepared to use caution when traveling the 400 Road due to uneven surfaces.  

Starker Forests Closure through 4/30/2020

At the Alder Creek Tree Farm, Starker Forests have implemented a Monday through Friday closure on certain roads and trails, including "Word to Your Mother" and "As You Wish." The approximate closure duration is 3/9/20-4/30/20.

Timber harvest operations are extremely dangerous – please respect posted closures for your safety and the safety of the harvest crews.

Click here for more details and to view the map.

Car Break-In

Updated on: 01/24/2020 - 11:07

Hi, folks. A car break-in was reported in Peavy Arboretum Wednesday, 1/22/2020. Benton County Sheriff's Office has been notified. Take care not to leave your valuables in sight when leaving your vehicle and reduce your chances of becoming a car prowl victim.

Review these tips from Benton County Sheriff's Office.