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


Trial Reopening Update

Updated on: 06/02/2020 - 12:28

We're nearly one month into our trial re-opening, and we're happy to announce that many of you are doing a great job adjusting to our new rules!

How do we know this? The greeters you may have noticed and chatted with over the past few weeks are there to provide you with current information and to record observations of compliance with our COVID-19 rules.

From this data, we've noticed an 80% average compliance rate. Ideally, we'd like to see a 90-100% compliance rate, so there is room for improvement.

Help boost the compliance rate and keep the McDonald-Dunn open to recreation by adhering to the following rules while visiting:

  • Use a face-covering when encountering others on forest roads, trails, and parking areas
  • Maintain at least 6' of distance from others
  • Pick up and carry out your dog poop and trash
  • Leash your dog at parking areas, trailheads, and when encountering others on forest roads and trails

Thank you for being such awesome visitors. Keep up the great work!

Closure Starting Near Powder House Trail, 5/18/2020

Updated on: 05/18/2020 - 10:54

Beetle Juice Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  8 weeks             
Closed Roads: 582.8, 582.5, 582.2, portion of 582
Closed Trails:  No authorized trails will be affected; all unauthorized trails leading into the harvest area will be closed.                                          
Haul Routes: 582 Gate
Size: Four units totaling 37.9 ac (see Info Sheet)
Harvest Method:  Ground-based/ground-based and cable (see Info Sheet)
Prescription:  Depends on unit (see Info Sheet). Replanting planned for 2021 or 2022 for all.
Reason for Harvest:  Revenue generation to support Research Forests operations and student learning in the CoF; and to address a decline in tree health in Beetle Juice 3.
Stand Age:  73-75
Additional Considerations: See Info Sheet.
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

View map of harvest area here.

300, 380, and 400 Roads Opening Friday, 5/8/2020

Harvest activities for the 'Dunn CFIRP 5+' and '310 CC' units are complete and visitors will be welcome to use the 300, 380, and 440 Roads on the Dunn Forest beginning Friday, 5/8/2020, congruent with the McDonald-Dunn Forests' trial reopening.  Please be aware that slash piling and road work remain to be completed, though no closures are anticipated for these activities. 

View these updates on our Harvest Closures Map.

OSU’s McDonald and Dunn Research Forests to reopen for recreational activities on May 8

Updated on: 05/06/2020 - 07:05

MAY 6, 2020 - UPDATE

We are happy to announce the Oregon State University McDonald and Dunn Research Forests will be entering a trial reopening phase for recreational activities on Friday, May 8.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve had numerous conversations about how and when to open the forests to recreation as federal, state, and OSU orders, directives and guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic change. The conversations have included forest-user groups like Team Dirt, Portland Parks and Recreation, and our Forest Recreation Advisory Council.

As a result of these conversations, and Gov. Kate Brown’s decision on Tuesday regarding the partial re-opening of state recreation areas, the following guidelines and policies will be in place until further notice. 

  • The Research Forests are open on a trial basis to all recreation activities, beginning Friday, May 8.
  • Equitable access to the forests for recreation is paramount. All forest access points will be available from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
  • Visitors are asked to comply with the following:
    • Practice social distancing measures by remaining at least six feet apart at all times.
    • Adhere to “Leave No Trace” measures by packing out trash and dog waste.
    • Keep dogs on a leash in forest parking lots, trailheads and when passing others on forest trails and roads.
    • Bring and wear a mask when encountering other users.
  • Forest trash and restroom facilities will remain closed until further notice.
  • Research Forests greeters will be stationed at research forests entry points that attract high volume visitor counts. Greeters will welcome visitors and remind forest-users of policies and guidelines.
  • Staff from the university, the College of Forestry and the Research Forests will continue to monitor forest usage and visitor compliance with reopening restrictions.
  • The Research Forests may be closed again if federal and state guidelines change or if visitor non-compliance occurs.

We’d like to thank everyone who has shared comments and suggestions regarding our unique circumstances. We understand the closure has been difficult for many of you and we appreciate your compliance throughout the closure.

Together, we have an opportunity to make this work and we look forward to seeing you back in the forests!

Two Harvests Starting on Dunn Forest, 4/13/2020

Updated on: 04/13/2020 - 12:33

Dunn CFIRP 10 Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  8 weeks             
Closed Roads: 420 Rd
Closed Trails:  None                                           
Haul Routes: 300, 400 Rd
Size: 9 ac
Harvest Method:  Ground-based
Prescription:  Group selection (several small openings totaling 9 acres). Replanting planned for 2021 or 2022.
Reason for Harvest:  Implement prescriptions associated with the long-term CFIRP study
Stand Age:  104
Additional Considerations: None.
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

Dunn CFIRP 11 Harvest Information
Approximate Closure Duration:  8 weeks             
Closed Roads: 420 Rd
Closed Trails:  None                                           
Haul Routes: 300, 400 Rd
Size: 14.3 ac
Harvest Method:  Cable
Prescription:  Group selection (several small openings totaling 14.3 acres). Replanting planned for 2021 or 2022.
Reason for Harvest:  Implement prescriptions associated with the long-term CFIRP study
Stand Age:  100
Additional Considerations: Approximately 2.2 trees per acre will be left in the stand, exceeding requirements
of Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA).
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

View map of harvest area here.

McDonald and Dunn Forest Closure - Effective Immediately

Updated on: 04/08/2020 - 08:10

APRIL 8, 2020 - UPDATE

Signs placed within McDonald and Dunn Forests indicating that OSU’s research forests are opened to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic are not accurate and were put there without university authorization. The forests remain closed until further notice. (April 8, 2020)

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MARCH 23, 2020 - UPDATE

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.  

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.