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


Homestead Trail Closed 10/14-10/18 for Road Work

Approximate Closure Duration:  10/14/2019-10/18/2019
Closed Roads: 6021.1 and all spurs, portion of 6021
Closed Trails: Homestead Trail and unauthorized trails leading into area from neighborhoods
Description of Work:  Large equipment will be utilized to open 6021.1 Road to allow a thinning harvest operation to occur in 2020. When work is completed near Homestead Trail, the closure will be lifted.  Construction activity will then move near the junction of Roads 600 and 680, though no closure will be in effect at that location. 

View a map of the closure area here.

Bill Ferrell's 100th Birthday Celebration 10/12/2019!

You are invited to join the OSU Research Forests and the Ferrell Family in celebrating the life and work of Forest Ecologist Dr. William Ferrell. Birthday celebrations will include cake as well as a sneak peek at a new and innovative outdoor program being developed in honor of Dr. Ferrell's life work, his love of teaching and learning, and his contributions to the fields of forest science and ecology. Join us for a guided hike of the trail and contribute your thoughts and feedback to help this program make a lasting and meaningful impression on our community.

When: Saturday, October 12th, 2pm
Where: Firefighter Memorial Shelter, Peavy Arboretum

Harvest Closure Complete on 760 Road

Updated on: 10/11/2019 - 11:45

The Cody Clear Harvest has been completed on the 700, 760 and 761 Roads, and visitors are welcome to use the area.  Please keep in mind that road work remains to be completed in this area at a later date. 

 

Harvest Closure Starting at Dunn 300/400 Road Intersection

Student Logging Training Program Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  Ongoing (when closure signs are present)
Closed Roads: Portion of 400 Road (no through access between 300 and 400 Roads)
Closed Trails: None
Haul Routes: 300
Size: 17 acres
Prescription:  Thinning
Harvest Method:  Cable yarding
Reason for Harvest:  This harvest is designed to remove suppressed, poor growing, and storm damaged conifers.
Research/Demonstration Applications: This harvest serves as a living classroom for the OSU College of Forestry’s Student Logging Training Program, allowing students to gain hands-on training in practical logging skills. 
 
View a map of the closure area here.

Three Harvest Operations Complete - Horse Trail Area Open to Visitor Use

Several harvests have been completed, including Maple Syrup, Horse Buggy, and RIP Prosser.  Visitors are welcome to use the 600 Road System and Horse Trails, Please keep in mind that road work remains to be completed in these areas.  Also be aware that there is one patch of soft gravel remaining on Horse Trail.   

COUGAR UPDATE: Dunn Forest Now Open to Visitor Use

Updated on: 09/04/2019 - 15:51

The Dunn Forest is now open to recreation use.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff and partners from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services this morning captured and killed a female cougar suspected to have been involved in an encounter with a someone running along trails in Oregon State University’s Dunn forest Saturday morning, Aug. 31.

Read the full news release from ODFW here, including details about the encounter and tips for visitors recreating in cougar country: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/news/2019/09_Sep/090419b.asp

Click here for tips on what to do if you encounter a cougar: 
https://www.dfw.state.or.us/…/…/CougarSightingSignFinal2.pdf

Harvest Closure on Dave's Trail Lifted

Updated on: 08/22/2019 - 11:35

Slash from the 582 Cut-to-Length Harvest has been removed from Dave's Trail (section 4) and visitors are welcome to use the trail as well as the 582 Road.  

 

Recent Car Break-Ins at Trailheads

Over the past several weeks, there have been four instances of shattered car-window glass found at trailheads (three times at Peavy Arboretum, and once at Lewisburg Saddle). Please take extra care not to leave valuables in sight when leaving your parked car.  If you see anything suspicious, please contact Benton County Sheriff's Office at  (541) 766-6858 or dial 911.

NEW HARVEST CLOSURE STARTING ON 100 ROAD, 8/5/2019

West Fork Part II Harvest Information

Approximate Closure Duration:  August 5, 2019—October 5, 2019
Closed Roads: 100 road system (130, 150, 170), affecting access to most of the northern Dunn 
Closed Trails: 
none
Haul Routes:
100 gate
Size: 60.5 acres
Prescription:  Selection cutting
Harvest Method:  Ground-based machinery
Reason for Harvest:  This thinning will open up the over-story for light to reach a younger generation of trees. This project demonstrates multi-aged management of Douglas-for in west side coniferous forests.

View a map of the closure area here.

800, 850, AND 870 ROADS OPENING MONDAY, 8/5/2019

'No Vacancy' harvest activities expect to be completed by Monday, 8/5/2019, and visitors will be welcome to use the 800, 850, and 870 Roads on the McDonald Forest at that time.  Please be aware that slash piling and road work remain to be completed, though no closures are anticipated for these activities. 

672, 672.3, AND 770 ROADS OPEN FOR VISITOR USE, 8/2/2019

'Bermuda Triangle' and 'Decker Combined' harvest activities have been completed, and visitors are welcome to use the 672, 672.3, and 770 Roads on the McDonald Forest.  Please be aware that slash piling and road work remain to be completed, though no closures are anticipated for these activities. 

Road 547 and Trail Connector Opening Today, 7/24/2019

The Blake Homestead Harvest is now complete, and visitors are welcome to use the 547 Road near Adair Village.  The 547 Connector Trail is currently being cleared of slash, and is expected to be open by the end of the day.  Please keep in mind that road work within the harvest area is to be finished at a later date.  

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.  

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.  

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.