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 Interactive Map

Previous Years' Harvest Info Sheets


Dunn 190 Harvest Beginning Tomorrow, 6/14

Updated on: 06/14/2021 - 15:55

190 Dunn CC Harvest Information

Approximate Closure Duration:  1 month
Closed Roads:  190 Road
Closed Trails:  
None
Haul Routes: 
100 Road to 100 Gate
Detours:
None
Size: 9.4 acres Harvest Method:   Ground based harvesting
Prescription:  Regeneration harvest with structural retention (4 trees/acre retained as individuals and in a clumped pattern).
Reason for Harvest:  This timber harvest contributes to the overall sustainable harvest goal.  Revenue supports Research Forests operations and teaching and research within the College of Forestry.

Stand Age:  77
Additional Considerations:  Approximately 4 trees per acre have been designated for retention, exceeding requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA) by 37 trees.
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

View map of closure area

Davie Crockett 2 Harvest Begins June 11th

Updated on: 06/10/2021 - 09:53

Davie Crockett 2 Harvest Information:

Approximate Closure Duration:  1 month
Closed Roads:  Portion of 500 road, all of 5010 road
Closed Trails:   Portions of Vineyard Mountain Trail
Haul Routes:  500 Road to Lewisburg Saddle
Detours: None
Size: 13.5 acres        
Harvest Method: Ground based harvesting
Prescription: Variable Retention Regeneration Harvest
Reason for Harvest: This timber harvest contributes to the overall sustainable harvest goal.  Revenue supports Research Forests operations and teaching and research within the College of Forestry.
Stand Age:  74
Additional Considerations:  Approximately 8 trees per acre have been designated for retention.
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes
 
View map of Davie Crockett 2 closure area

You can also check out our Interactive Harvest Webmap for regularly updated closure and harvest information so you can plan a safe and informed visit. 

Information about forest closures is located at key access points, and closures are clearly marked on-site. For more information about forest closures and forest management activities, please visit our Harvest Closures Interactive Webmap and contact us with questions.

Rocky Road and Blitz 210 Harvest Begins June 8th. Hammerhead Harvest complete on June 8th.

Updated on: 06/10/2021 - 09:53

Rocky Road and Blitz 210 harvests will begin tomorrow, June 8

Rocky Road Harvest Information:

Approximate Closure Duration: 1 month                                                                                                                                    
Closed Roads: 1020, Portions of 100 road
Closed Trails:  None
Haul Routes:  100 Road to 100 Gate
Detours: None
Size: 4.9 acres          
Harvest Method: Ground based harvesting
Prescription:  Regeneration harvest with structural retention (3 trees/acre retained as individuals and in a clumped pattern).
Reason for Harvest: This timber harvest contributes to the overall sustainable harvest goal.  Revenue supports Research Forests operations and teaching and research within the College of Forestry.
Stand Age: 85
Additional Considerations: Approximately 3 trees per acre have been designated for retention, exceeding requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA) by 13 trees.
Consistent w/ Forest Plan?: Yes.

View map of Rocky Road closure area
 
Blitz 210 Harvest Information:

Approximate Closure Duration
:  2 months
Closed Roads:  210 Road
Closed Trails:   None
Haul Routes:  200 Road- 200 Gate
Detours: None
Size: 32 acres           
Harvest Method:   Ground based harvesting
Prescription:  Regeneration harvest with structural retention (3.6 trees/acre retained as individuals and in a clumped pattern).
Reason for Harvest:  This timber harvest contributes to the overall sustainable harvest goal. Revenue supports Research Forests operations and teaching and research within the College of Forestry.
Stand Age:  80
Additional Considerations:  Approximately 4 trees per acre have been designated for retention, exceeding requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA) by 53 trees.
Consistent w/ Forest Plan?: Yes.

View map of Blitz 210 closure area
 
Hammerhead Harvest

Hammerhead Harvest will be completed tomorrow, June 8th. Please note that road work still needs to be completed, so please use caution and watch for uneven terrain

You can also check out our Interactive Harvest Webmap for regularly updated closure and harvest information so you can plan a safe and informed visit. 

Information about forest closures is located at key access points, and closures are clearly marked on-site. For more information about forest closures and forest management activities, please visit our Harvest Closures Interactive Webmap and contact us with questions.

Summer Herbicide Application and Davie Crockett 3 Harvest beginning tomorrow, June 2nd

Forest Update: 06/01/2021

Summer Herbicide Application
The summer herbicide application will likely occur tomorrow, Wednesday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 3rd this week (weather depending). During application, staff will be at roads and official trails leading into spray areas to keep people away.  Please see the on-site signs for re-entry times associated with each chemical. For more information and for a map of spray locations click here.

Davie Crockett 3 Harvest Information
The Davie Crockett 3 harvest will begin tomorrow, June 2. 

Approximate Closure Duration:  1 month
Closed Roads:  Portion of 500 Road, 5020 Road
Closed Trails:   None
Haul Routes:  500 Road to Lewisburg Saddle
Detours: Dave's Trail
Size: 9.2 acres
Harvest Method:   Ground based harvesting
Prescription:  Regeneration harvest with structural retention (4 trees/acre retained as individuals and in a clumped pattern).
Reason for Harvest:  This timber harvest contributes to the overall sustainable harvest goal.  Revenue supports Research Forests operations and teaching and research within the College of Forestry.
Stand Age:  85
Additional Considerations:  Approximately 4 trees per acre have been designated for retention for wildlife and aesthetic purposes, exceeding requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA) by 34 trees.
Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

View map of Davie Crockett 3 closure area 

You can also check out our Interactive Harvest Webmap for regularly updated closure and harvest information so you can plan a safe and informed visit. 

Information about forest closures is located at key access points, and closures are clearly marked on-site. For more information about forest closures and forest management activities, please visit our Harvest Closures Interactive Webmap and contact us with questions.

 

COVID-19 Update

It certainly has been a tough year. We extend a big thank you to all of you for following our mask and physical distancing guidelines. By doing so, you have played a crucial role in making the Research Forests a safe, accessible, and healthy outlet for all of us during this turbulent pandemic.

Due to the recent updated guidelines issued by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the updates to the OSU policy on face covering and physical distancing, we are happy to announce that face coverings are no longer required outdoors on Research Forest property. However, if the outdoor setting is crowded, or physical distancing cannot be maintained, then you need to continue to wear your mask.

The Research Forest will continue to comply with all OHA and OSU guidelines. We will keep you informed if any of these policies change and how that may affect your visit to the Forest. Stay safe out there friends – and enjoy the sunny weather ahead!

Summer Herbicide Application to start as early as Tuesday, June 1st

The OSU Research Forests will conduct an herbicide application as early as Tuesday, June 1, 2021*.  Exact dates are dependent on weather conditions and contractor availability. Click here to view a map of the spray locations.

We will spray all treatment units on the McDonald and Dunn Forests using backpack sprayers.  Spray targets vegetation only (not road or trail surfaces).

During application, staff will be at roads and official trails leading into spray areas to keep people away.  Please see the on-site signs for re-entry times associated with each chemical.

Signs will have the date of application, name of the chemical used, and the industrial re-entry interval posted at entry points into each treatment area. Signs will remain in place for one week.

The purpose of the herbicide application is to control the growth of non-native plant species and competing vegetation in recently harvested areas. All herbicide applications are conducted in compliance with State and Federal regulations and under a licensed pesticide applicator's supervision.  

**Two small spot spray treatments will occur at the Society of American Foresters Tree Farm (520 Road) and Woodlot (524 Road). These sprays may be conducted as early as May 29th. Note that these locations are not indicated on the full-scale map. Signage will be posted on-site.

Beginning 5/24, Tree Removal Work at Oak Creek

Updated on: 05/23/2021 - 14:14

Starting Monday, May 24th, arborists will be removing trees near the Oak Creek Biology Field Office. Please be aware of contractor equipment and crews in the Oak Creek trailhead parking area.  No closures are planned for this operation. However, during tree felling operations you may encounter traffic control and flaggers in the area.
 
These activities are planned to begin Monday, May 24th at 8:00am and are scheduled for the entire week.

     

    ROTC Training on Dunn Forest

    Heads up! This Thursday, May 20th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the OSU Army ROTC will be using the Dunn Forest for field training exercises. The group will be accessing the Dunn from the 100 Gate. The training event aims to put land navigation theory into practice in the outdoors. Students will be using a map and compass and travel dismounted through areas in the Dunn Forest to find specific points. Note that fielding trainings on Research Forest property do not involve firearms. 

    Cross CTL Harvest Now Complete

    Updated on: 05/14/2021 - 10:47

    05/04/2021

    Harvest operations for Cross CTL are complete and visitors can use the 6021 roads on the McDonald Forest. Please note that road work still needs to be completed, so please use caution and watch for uneven terrain. 

    We encourage you to ‘know before you go’ - check out real time harvest updates with our Interactive Harvest Closure Map. Have a great weekend! 

     

    No parking at the 200 gate on the Dunn Forest

    Updated on: 05/07/2021 - 12:19

    Parking at the 200 gate on the Dunn Forest is closed to the public until further notice. This closure is needed to allow space for hauling long (100+ feet) transmission poles for the active Hammerhead harvest operation. Thank you for staying safe and complying with these harvest closures! 

    Check out our Interactive Harvest Web Map for updated closure information.

    McDonald Forest 50K Saturday May 8

    The McDonald Forest 50K trail run is happening this Saturday, 5/8/2021, throughout the McDonald Forest. Start and finish lines will be at the Forestry Club Cabin in Peavy Arboretum, but the course extends throughout the forest. Expect to see contact-less aid stations, course markings, administrative traffic, and runners while out on the forest on Saturday.

    Runners and event organizers will do their part to ensure the event is safe for everyone. All participants will be required to wear masks when within 6 feet of one another and will comply with all applicable Oregon Health Authority (OHA) sector guidelines. Please visit the Mac50k website for more information.

    Hammerhead Harvest and Dunn Salvage Starting Thursday, 4/29

    Updated on: 04/28/2021 - 12:33

    Hammerhead harvest on the Dunn beginning Thursday 4/29

    Approximate Closure Duration: 2 months
    Closed Roads:  260 & 320 roads
    Closed Trails: 
    None
    Haul Routes: 
    200 Road– 200 Gate & 300 Road-300 Gate
    Detours:
    None
    Size: 32.5 acres  

    Harvest Method:   Ground based harvesting
    Prescription:  Regeneration harvest with structural retention (4 trees/acre retained as individuals and in a clumped pattern).
    Reason for Harvest:  This timber harvest contributes to the overall sustainable harvest goal.  Revenue supports Research Forests operations and teaching and research within the College of Forestry.

    Stand Age:  77
    Additional Considerations:  Approximately 4 trees per acre have been designated for retention, exceeding requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA) by 53 trees.
    Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes.

    View map of Hammerhead Harvest closure area

    Dunn Forest Salvage Information

    Winter storms brought down a number of trees across the Forest. The Research Forests will begin some of the salvaging operations on the Dunn Forest this Thursday 4/29/2021.

    Due to the scattered nature of the salvage, the interactive web map will not be able show these closure locations. These will be 'floating closures' with closure notices placed onsite - moving to capture the closed areas with the least impact to the public.  

    Visit our virtual harvest tour for more information about the McDonald and Dunn salvage operations.                                                                                                                                                            

    Cross CTL Harvest Starting Wednesday, 04/28

    Updated on: 04/28/2021 - 11:24

    Cross CTL Harvest Information

    Note: There will be reduced parking at Oak Creek Trailhead on Wednesday 04/28

    Approximate Closure Duration: 6 weeks

    Closed Roads: 6021.1, 6021.3, portions of 6021

    Closed Trails: No authorized trails will be affected; all unauthorized trails leading into the harvest area will be closed; neighborhood access will be closed

    Haul Routes: 6021 to 600 Road

    Detours: None

    Size: 15.1 ac

    Harvest Method: Cut-to-length: ground-based harvester/forwarder

    Prescription: Commercial thinning (several small entries totaling 15.1 acres)

    Reason For Harvest: Remove slow growing, diseased, and suppressed trees to allow continued growth of remaining conifers. Harvest designed to maintain long-term Urban Fringe Research Project prescription

    Stand Age: 32

    Additional Considerations: None

    Consistent w/ McDonald-Dunn Forest Plan? Yes

                                                                                                                                                               

    View map of closure area

     

     

    Recreating in Cougar Country

    Updated on: 04/22/2021 - 12:24

    4/22/2021

    We are in cougar country! Within the past two weeks we have received three reports of cougar sightings within the McDonald Forest.

    Despite how elusive these large cats can be, cougar sightings are incredibly common in the Research Forests, especially in late spring and summer when one to two-year-old cougars become independent of their mothers. Cougars are most active at dusk and dawn but can roam and hunt throughout the day or night in all seasons. Adult male cougars can have ranges up to 150 square miles; just because a cougar was sighted in one area doesn’t mean it will hang around there for long.

     

    On this Earth Day we wanted to send out a special Forest Update to provide helpful tips and information for recreating and living in cougar country.

    RECREATING TIPS: 

    • Be especially alert at dawn and dusk when cougars are most active
    • MAKE NOISE while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.
    • Recreate in groups if you can
    • Keep children close by and teach them these wildlife tips!
    • Be aware of your surroundings. Stay alert when sitting quietly or stopping to rest.
    • Hunters! Be aware that animal calls and animal kills can attract cougars
    • Dogs can attract cougars. Keep your dogs close and consider keeping them on-leash.
    • Stay away from baby wildlife. The mother is most likely near by.

    ENCOUNTER TIPS:

    • Cougars will often retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
    • STAY CALM and stand your ground.
    • Maintain direct eye contact.
    • Raise your voice and speak firmly. Back away slowly.
    • Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
    • DO NOT RUN. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack.
    • If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
    • If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

    DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN COUGAR TRACKS AND DOG TRACKS:

    REPORTING A COUGAR ENCOUNTER:

    Report any cougar sighting or encounter to our local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office (ODFW) (541) 757-4186. If you can, provide ODFW with information about where and when the encounter took place, the circumstances of the encounter (how did the cougar behave, what were you doing when you saw the cougar), and a way for them to contact you for more information.

    Here is a link to an excellent brochure that contains these guidelines for living in cougar country.

    GUIDELINES FOR LIVING WITH COUGARS

    Stay safe out there! We are fortunate to live, work, and play among these majestic creatures who also consider these forests their home.

    (Photo and tracks courtesy of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

    Special Forest Announcement: 2021 Harvest Schedule and Virtual Tour Now Available 

    Updated on: 04/20/2021 - 10:37

    Due to the on-going nature of COVID-19, this year the OSU Research Forests created a virtual tour of the upcoming 2021 McDonald-Dunn timber harvests. The purpose of these tours is to give you an opportunity to view our upcoming timber harvest units and provide us with comments and/or questions. Click here to see the tour.

    After viewing the tour, please submit your questions or comments to our contact-us page

     To stay up to date with harvests and their corresponding road and trail closures check out our Interactive Harvest Web-Map. This web-map is updated regularly so you can plan a safe and informed visit to the forest. We also prepared this Harvest Schedule Table which you can download and print. This table also includes all of the harvest details as well as maps denoting harvest locations.

    Oak Creek access CLOSED tomorrow and spring herbicide application complete

    4/19/2021

    Oak Creek Closure TOMORROW, April 20th
    Friendly reminder! Consumers Power is removing hazard trees this week. The Oak Creek trailhead and parking lot will be fully CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday, April 20thPlease avoid the area.

    Herbicide Application Completed
    Spring herbicide applications on harvest units were completed last week on Thursday, April 15th and Friday, April 16th. Signs placed throughout the forest will remain in place for one week.

    Upcoming Oak Creek Closure, Herbicide Application Update, and More

    Updated on: 04/13/2021 - 09:50

    04/13/2021

    OAK CREEK ROAD WORK AND CLOSURE ON APRIL 20th

    Heads up! Consumers Power will be felling hazard trees between April 19th and April 21st close to the entrance to the Oak Creek trail head. The Oak Creek trailhead and parking lot will be fully CLOSED on Tuesday, April 20th. The remaining days will have work crews and flaggers directing traffic.

    Need help thinking of an alternative place to recreate? Check out the Right Trail website - a comprehensive and interactive resource for trail locations and recreation options throughout the mid-Willamette Valley.

    HERBICIDE APPLICATION THIS WEEK, WEATHER PERMITTING

    The spring herbicide application will likely occur on Thursday, April 15th and Friday April 16th this week (weather depending). During application, staff will be at roads and official trails leading into spray areas to keep people away.  Please see the on-site signs for re-entry times associated with each chemical. For more information and for a map of spray locations, click here.

    OPENING 810 ROAD AND ALPHA TRAIL

    The student logging operation is postponing operations for the summer. That means the 810 and 830 roads and the Alpha trail are OPEN for public use. As a reminder, post-harvest road work has yet to be completed. Please be cautious when recreating on the forest roads and watch for uneven terrain.

    SPRING TURKEY HUNT OPENING ON THE DUNN

    The Spring Turkey Hunt will be occurring on the Dunn Forest starting this Thursday, April 15th and lasting through May 31st.  The hunts are walk-in (no motorized vehicles) and hunters may use a shotgun or bow to hunt turkey with a visible beard.  
    You may or may not see hunters while you are out on the Dunn Forest over the next month.  Here are some tips from the US Fish and Wildlife Service on hunting safety for hunters and other recreators. 

    Here is a map of the area where hunting is allowed.

    CLICK HERE to learn more about hunts offered on the Dunn Forest.

    Spring Herbicide Application to start as early as Monday, April 12th

    Updated on: 04/06/2021 - 12:53

    04/06/2021

    The OSU Research Forests plan to spray harvest units as early as Monday, April 12, 2021.  Exact dates are dependent on weather conditions and contractor availability.

    We will spray all treatment units on the McDonald and Dunn Forests using backpack sprayers.  Spray targets vegetation only (not road or trail surfaces).

    During application, staff will be at roads and official trails leading into spray areas to keep people away.  Please see the on-site signs for re-entry times associated with each chemical.

    Signs will have the date of application, name of the chemical used, and the industrial re-entry interval posted at entry points into each treatment area. Signs will remain in place for one week.

    The purpose of herbicide applications is to control the growth of non-native plant species and competing vegetation in recently harvested areas. All herbicide applications are conducted in compliance with State and Federal regulations and under a licensed pesticide applicator's supervision.  

    Click here for a map of the spray locations throughout the McDonald-Dunn Forests

     

    Helpful Info About Downed Trees on Roads

    Updated on: 03/30/2021 - 13:32

    3/30/2021

    These sunny spring days means more and more of us are seeking outdoor opportunities! However, while enjoying the forests, you may continue to encounter downed trees on roads and trails.

    We wanted to use this Forest Update to share our strategy for prioritizing and clearing roads. In general, we prioritize all roads that end with 00 (e.g., 500, 700 roads, etc.). These roads are our mainline arteries through the Forest. Then we drop down to the roads ending in tens (e.g., 510, 840 roads, etc.) -- then we address roads ending in single digits (e.g., 514, 681 roads, etc.) These aren’t hard and fast rules; sometimes we make efficiency calls if we are close to a mainline and it would take more time to return to the location than clear the downed tree.

    Confused by all these road names? Click here for a map of the McDonald Dunn.

    Another big priority is clearing roads that need to be used for management and research activities, such as an upcoming herbicide spray, planting, or harvest. And some areas may need to wait for drier weather. For example, some of our natural surface roads are wet and muddy, so it’ll be safer and more efficient to wait for them to dry out.

    Most importantly, as a forest visitor we ask you to never cut standing or down trees to help clear the roads and trails. We often try to salvage the downed timber and rogue cutting has the potential to compromise the value of the timber. Instead please report the downed tree:

    • Notify our forest staff
    • Explain the issue. Describe the situation and type of hazard in as much detail as possible (e.g., send an estimate of the diameter of the tree at breast height)
    • Report the location. If possible report GPS coordinates, or specify the location on the trail, and/or estimated distance from nearest access point
    • Take a picture-- pictures can provide us with important information about the situation and determine what tools will be needed to solve the issue
    • Include your own contact information so we can reach you if more information is needed

    We promise to address reported trees as soon as we can – especially once we consider it within our prioritized downed tree list and other work responsibilities.

    THANK YOU for helping to be our eyes and ears on the Forest. Happy trails (and roads)!

    January Elk Hunt Active On Dunn Forest

    Updated on: 03/17/2021 - 13:57

    218A NE Alsea Controlled Elk Hunt Active through March 31st on the Dunn Forest

    The 218A NE Alsea Controlled Elk Hunt is occurring on the Dunn Forest. All hunters were sent a permission letter in the mail, granting them access to the Dunn Forest for walk-in hunting.  Hunters may use a rifle or bow, and are hunting for antlerless elk (cows).  

    You may or may not see hunters while you are out on the Dunn Forest over the next month.  Here are some tips from the USDA Forest Service on hunting safety for hunters and other recreators. 

    Here is a map of the area where hunting is allowed, for your reference.

    Staff Continuing to Address Downed Trees

    Updated on: 03/10/2021 - 12:49

    03/10/2021

    We are continuing to address many downed trees and branches across our roads and trails. Many trail sections still have fallen trees blocking the trail, especially in the Arboretum along the Woodland Trail and Forest Discovery Trail. We are working to clear these areas as soon as possible. In the meantime, please use extra caution while recreating.
     
    If you encounter downed trees or other hazards on the trail please…
     
      • Notify our forest staff
      • Explain the issue. Describe the situation and type of hazard in as much detail as possible
      • Report the location. If possible, take a GPS coordinate of your location or use trail names and road numbers to provide a specific location
      • Take a picture-- pictures can provide staff important information about the situation and determine what tools will be needed to solve the issue
      • Include your own contact information so staff can reach you if more information is needed

      ROTC Training on the Dunn Forest

      Updated on: 03/05/2021 - 10:49

      03/05/2021

      Heads up! This Saturday, March 6th, from 5:30am to 6:00pm, the OSU Army ROTC will be using the Dunn Forest for field training exercises. They will be accessing the Dunn from the 100 Gate. The exercises will include route planning, timeline management, and leadership development. Field trainings on Research Forest property never involve gunfire or firearms.

      McDonald-Dunn Forest Open - Please be Extra Cautious on Trails

      Updated on: 02/19/2021 - 16:44
      02/19/2021
       
      Thank you for your patience so we could assess and respond to ice storm damage. The McDonald-Dunn Forest is OPEN for use. We prioritized clearing the roadways and access points, so many trail sections still contain fallen trees and branches. Please use extra caution while you're recreating!
       
      Reports indicate that Tampico Road and the 400 Gate to the Dunn Forest still contain downed power lines. Please avoid this area so crews can safely respond. And remember to NEVER touch, park on, or go near a downed line.
       
      Happy and Safe Trails!

      Hazardous Conditions on the Research Forests: Please avoid the area until further notice

      Updated on: 02/16/2021 - 15:22
      02/15/21
       
      The ice storm brought down numerous trees which are blocking access to much of the Research Forest. Forest staff will be prioritizing their clearing efforts on roadways and access points before turning to trails. To help with these efforts, we ask you to please avoid the Research Forests so staff can safely assess and respond to the damage. 
       
      Reported downed power line locations (power companies notified):
      -A downed power line has been identified on the 522 Road, about 50 yards from the Intensive Management Trail in Peavy Arboretum. 
      - Downed lines are along Tampico road and at the Gate 400 parking area. 
       
      Please avoid these areas and do not park on, touch, or go near the lines! If you encounter a downed power line, call 1-877-508-5088 to report it.
       
      Note that the power is out at the Research Forest office so phone and email response may be slow. We will do our best to continue to provide updates via Facebook and on our website as they unfold. Thank you!

      Use Extra Caution on the Research Forests this Weekend

      Updated on: 02/13/2021 - 11:29

      02/13/2021

      Last night's rain and ice storm brought down many trees and branches throughout the Research Forests. If you're planning to recreate this weekend, please be EXTRA cautious and safe while using the trails. 

      ROTC Training on the Dunn Forest

      Updated on: 02/10/2021 - 16:21

      02/10/2021

       Heads up! The Oregon State University Army ROTC will be conducting field training on the Dunn Forest near the 100 Gate. Training events will take place on Thursday, February 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, February 20 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

      FOREST UPDATE: 01/28/2021


      This morning forest crews got to work removing the large hazard tree located on the Forest Discovery Trail. After many tense moments crews were able to successfully get the tree on the ground. We are happy to announce that the Forest Discovery Trail in now open for your hiking enjoyment. 

      FOREST UPDATE: 01/21/2021

       

      Beginning on Jan. 21, 2021, the Forest Discovery Trail will be closed for safety reasons. Last week's storm brought significant winds to the area and, as a result, brought down lots of trees and significantly damaged others. One of the damaged trees currently hangs over the trail, is severely decayed, and can fall at any time. Due to the amount of decay, forest staff cannot safely remove the hazard at present but are working on a plan to remove it soon.

       

      https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/file/450#overlay-context=recreation/forest-updates

      FOREST UPDATE: 12/30/2020

      FOREST UPDATE: 12/30/2020

      Starting tomorrow 12/31/20 the 800 road and parking area will open for recreation use. However, please be advised that the 810, 830, and 620 roads and the Alpha Trail will remain closed as logging operations will be ongoing for the Turkey Run harvest unit .  Be advised that there will be haul trucks using the roads. 

      https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/harvest-webmap

      Forest Update: Weather Alert 12/19/20

      Forest Update: Weather Alert

       

      Meteorologists are forecasting an atmospheric river and high winds for Saturday afternoon and evening going into Sunday.  High winds can snap or topple trees and break out tree limbs that can cause serious injury.  We recommend that you stay out of the Research Forests until this weather event passes.  Be safe! 

       

      https://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=PQR&wwa=all

      Crazy Quilt PCT 2020

      Posted 12/14/2020 Crazy Quilt Pre-Commercial Thinning Starting 12/14

      Crazy Quilt PCT 2020 Harvest Information
      Approximate Closure Duration:  3-4 Days
      Closed Roads: None
      Closed Trails: None
      Haul Routes: None
      Size: 24 acres, (6 patches, 4 acres each)
      Harvest Method: Hand Felling
      Silvicultural Prescription: Pre-Commercial Thinning
      Reason for Harvest: Cutting of undesirable trees and allowing for continued growing of desirable trees. 
      Stand Age: 
      Additional Considerations:
      Consistent w/ McDonald-Dunn Forest Plan?  Yes

      View map of closure area.

      November 21 Trail Work Cancelled

      Updated on: 11/17/2020 - 09:48

      As we move in to the 2020-21 trail work season, the number of COVID-19 cases statewide is spiking. In order to slow the numbers, Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide two-week “freeze” that will limit both indoor and outdoor social gatherings to six people, total, from no more than two households.

      In order for us to comply with this new mandate we will be cancelling the November 21st work party.  

      We will attempt to reschedule for 3rd Saturday in December.

       

      Slash Pile Burning Will Begin Soon on McDonald Dunn Forests

      The OSU Research Forests will begin slash pile burning on the McDonald and Dunn Forests soon.

      Select 'slash', tree branches, tops, and unmerchantable portions of tree stems, have been gathered into piles for burning. Some slash and coarse woody debris are also scattered throughout the harvest area for retention.

      Pile ignition occurs during the fall and winter rainy seasons – typically October through January. The work happens during specific weather windows to reduce smoke intrusions into neighborhoods. The Research Forests perform this work with local fire and smoke managers' approval.

      Piles typically burn down to the ground in one day, but some piles may smolder for days to a few weeks. Research Forests staff will monitor the progress of this prescribed burning.

      Slash pile burning is a cost-effective way to perform wildfire hazard mitigation, reduce fuel-loading, and prepare sites for tree planting.

      Bingo VRRH Complete, 600 Road Now Open

      Posted 11/06/2020    600 Road Closures Lifted

      Harvest operations for BINGO VRRH are complete and visitors are welcome to use the 600 road to access Dimple hill 
      Please be aware that  road work remains to be completed, though no closures are anticipated for these activities.

      View these updates on our Harvest Closures Map.

      Seasonal Trail Closures in Effect Beginning 11/1/2020-4/14/2021

      Seasonal closures for bikes and horses will go into effect beginning Sunday, November 1, through April 14, 2021. Calloway Creek Trail and Intensive Management Trail will be open to foot traffic only.

      Also, remember the use of any trail is not allowed when travel will result in leaving a track in the mud or when there is significant standing water on the trail. This is especially important for natural surface trails such as Play Time, High Horse, and Bombs Away.

      Cougar Sighting

      There was a cougar sighting on Monday afternoon near the 560 Road and Powder House Trail intersection. Please keep cougar safety in mind when recreating on the McDonald and Dunn Forests. If you encounter a cougar:

      Report any cougar sightings or encounters to ODFW: (541) 757-4186

       

      Cameron CTL Complete, Cameron Forest Now Open

      Updated on: 10/23/2020 - 11:22

      Posted 10/23/2020    Cameron Road Closures Lifted

      Harvest operations for Cameron CTL are complete and visitors are welcome to use the C100 road on the Cameron Forest. Please be aware that road work remains to be completed, though no closures are anticipated for these activities.

      Bingo VRRH Harvest Starting Tomorrow Wednesday, 10/22

      Posted 10/21/2020 Bingo VRRH Harvest Starting Wednesday, 10/22

      Bingo VRRH Harvest Information
      Approximate Closure Duration: 3 weeks
      Closed Roads:  Portions of the 600, 630, and 640 Roads
      Closed Trails:  None.  Enjoy the new Bombs Away Trail as a detour around the harvest closure.
      Haul Routes:  600 Road to Lewisburg Saddle.
      Detours:  Bombs Away Trail
      Size:  8.7 ac
      Harvest Method:  Ground-based
      Prescription:  Variable Retention Regeneration Harvest (VRRH):  approximately 11.5 trees/acre retained in a variable retention pattern. Replanting planned for 2022 with a mix of tree species (demonstration).                                                                               
      Reason for Harvest:  Many trees in the stand are dead or dying from ice storm damage, drought, or insects, posing safety risks along roads and trails and increasing fuel loads.  Variable Retention Regeneration Harvest VRRH allows managers to remove declining trees while retaining structural diversity, part of the forest theme for this area. This exposed ridgetop will be replanted with a mix of resilient species.
      Stand Age: 73 - 75 
      Additional Considerations: Approximately 11.5 trees per acre will be left in the stand, exceeding requirements of Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA). Harvest was designed with uneven boundaries, carefully placed trees within the unit, and trees left along the roadside to retain shade and reduce impacts on aesthetics.                                                                                                               
      Consistent w/ McDonald-Dunn Forest Plan? Exception granted by the FEC:
      https://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/fec-meetings/FE...
       
       
       

      View map of closure area.

      Peavy Arboretum Closure Lifted

      -UPDATE- 09.30.20

      Herbicide treatments are completed and Peavy Arboretum is now open.

      The OSU Research Forests also applied herbicides along the Highway 99 powerline right-of-way. All herbicide treatments were applied using backpack sprayers to target invasive plants.

      Signs are posted at the treatment units and contain the application time, herbicide active ingredients, and re-entry interval. Signs will remain in place for one week.

      Peavy Arboretum will be closed tomorrow, September 30, 2020

      -UPDATE- 09.29.20

      Peavy Arboretum will be closed tomorrow, September 30, 2020, for herbicide treatments to control the following invasive plants: Himalayan blackberry, scotch broom, English hawthorn, and periwinkle.

      The OSU Research Forests will also treat invasive plants in the Highway 99 powerline right-of-way.

      This will be a spot treatment conducted with backpack sprayers. Signs posted at the treatment units will contain the application time, herbicide active ingredients, and re-entry interval.

      Invasive Species Spray Planned for Week of September 28th

      The OSU Research Forests plan to spray for invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberry, along the Highway 99 power line right of way and in Peavy Arboretum the week of September 28, 2020.

      All treatment units will be sprayed using backpack sprayers.  Spray targets vegetation only (not road or trail surfaces).

      During application, staff will be positioned at roads and official trails leading into spray areas to keep people away.  Peavy Arboretum will be closed for 24 hours after the treatment. 

      Date of application, name of the herbicide active ingredient, and the industrial re-entry interval will be written on signs posted at entry points into each treatment area. Signs will remain in place for one week.

      This herbicide application will be conducted in compliance with State and Federal regulations and under the supervision of a licensed pesticide applicator.  

      View Notices

       

      Forests will be open for all uses beginning on Friday, Sept. 18, at 1:00 p.m

      The Oregon State University Research Forests will be open for all uses beginning on Friday, Sept. 18, at 1:00 p.m. as the Industrial Fire Precaution Level moves to level three.

      The current fire danger level is HIGH, so please use the forests responsibly. With several lightning strikes in the Research Forests last night, please remember to CALL 911 immediately if you see a fire while out on the forest.  We rely on our wonderful visitors to serve as eyes and ears to help us identify and address problems immediately.

       

      Stay safe and well.

      OSU Forests To Remain Closed Until Further Notice

      The Oregon Department of Forestry just upgraded the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to Level 4 - Complete Shutdown. The Oregon State University McDonald and Dunn Forests will remain closed to everyone and for all uses, including research, education, recreation, contractors, and harvest activities. 

      The closure is necessary due to the current extreme fire conditions that are endangering life, forest resources, and property, as well as minimal fire and emergency response resources. We will provide an update when the status changes.

       

      Stay Safe. Stay Home. Stay Healthy.

      Extreme Fire Danger Rating, beginning Saturday, 9/5

      As hot and dry weather continues, the District Forester has announced that Regulated Use Fire Risk in Western Oregon will be going to EXTREME on Saturday, 9/5/20. 

      Please review the Oregon Department of Forestry Public Use Restrictions. Keep these in mind as you use motorized equipment or recreate on any public or private lands.

      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.

      Extreme Fire Danger Sign

      Cameron Harvest Starting Wednesday, 9/2

      Cameron CTL 2020 Harvest Information
      Approximate Closure Duration:  4 weeks
      Closed Roads: C100 Road
      Closed Trails: No authorized trails will be affected; all unauthorized trails leading into the harvest area will be closed.
      Haul Routes: Soap Creek Rd.
      Size: 5.2 ac    Harvest Method: Cut-to-length: ground-based harvester/forwarder
      Silvicultural Prescription: Commercial thinning
      Reason for Harvest: Remove slow growing, diseased, and dying trees to allow continued growth of remaining conifers and to promote recovery of suppressed oaks while demonstrating thinning of small acreages for woodland owners.
      Stand Age: 44
      Additional Considerations: Harvest is designed to enhance growth and recovery of suppressed oaks along the edge of the stand.
      Consistent w/ McDonald-Dunn Forest Plan?  N/A - Elizabeth Starker Cameron Demonstration Forest does not fall under 2005 McDonald-Dunn Forest Plan.

      View map of closure area.

      The Forest Discovery Program is Here!

      This September, the OSU Research Forests are introducing the Forest Discovery Program. The program materials consist of the Forest Discovery Brochure, which includes a kid-friendly Adventure Map and Nature Scavenger Hunt, and the Forest Discovery Activity Card Sets that pair with seven activity stops along the trail!

      See what the Forest Discovery Program is all about!

      IFPL 3 in Effect Tuesday, 9/1

      Updated on: 09/01/2020 - 11:54

      Update: Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) 3 goes into effect today (9/1/2020) in preparation for the wave of increased temperatures. The OSU Research Forests are taking increased precautions to mitigate the HIGH FIRE RISK. Please remain careful and vigilant! 

      Original Message: Beginning today (7/6/2020) 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.

      Deer/Elk Bow Hunt 8/29-9/27 on the Dunn Forest

      The Deer/Elk Bow Hunt will be occurring on the Dunn Forest from 8/29-9/27, and again from 11/21-12/13.  Out of the 104 people who applied, 50 were randomly selected and received a letter in the mail allowing them to access the Dunn Forest for walk-in hunting.  Hunters may only use a bow to hunt buck deer or bull elk.  

      You may or may not see hunters while you are out on the Dunn Forest over the next month.  Here are some tips from the USDA Forest Service on hunting safety for hunters and other visitors.   

      Here is a map of the area where hunting is allowed, for your reference.

      CLICK HERE to learn more about hunts offered on the Dunn Forest. 

      Another Car Break-In

      Updated on: 08/04/2020 - 17:03

      Update:

      Sadly, two more car break-ins were reported at Lewisburg Saddle on Friday, 7/24. Truly, our best advice is to leave your valuables at home. Carry your phone, wallet, and keys with you when you leave your vehicle.

      Before you leave the parking lot, consider photographing or videotaping the other cars and license plates present. This evidence may come in handy in an investigation. Additionally, your behavior could deter a thief lying in wait.

      Original Message:

      Another car break-in was reported in Peavy Arboretum Monday evening - following two similar incidents on 6/27 in the Arboretum Forest Parking lot and on 6/29 at Lewisburg Saddle.

      The best ways to avoid a "smash and grab" are to
      1) leave your valuables at home, 
      2) put them in your trunk BEFORE you arrive at your destination,
      3) take them with you when you leave your vehicle, and
      4) lock your doors and arm your car's security system.

      Don't just cover up your valuables with a jacket or blanket. Commonly stolen items include GPS devices, radios, bags and purses, phones, keys, wallets, and even loose change.

      From Benton County Sherrif's Office: Don't Be a Car Prowl Victim.

      Call BCSO if you see suspicious activity: 541-766-6858

      Posted 07/24/2020 Cougar Sighting on Dunn

      A cougar was spotted Monday morning on the Dunn 200 Road. Please keep cougar safety in mind when recreating on the McDonald and Dunn Forests. If you encounter a cougar:

      Report any cougar sightings or encounters to ODFW: (541) 757-4186

      Face Coverings Requirement Reminder

      Yesterday Governor Brown implemented additional COVID-19 safety precautions for the state of Oregon, including the requirement of face coverings in outdoor spaces where you may come within six feet of a person not from your household. These requirements have been and will remain in place on the OSU Research Forests. Please continue to observe these rules to slow the spread of COVID-19.

      Closure Near Alpha Trail Starting Tomorrow, 06/04/2020

      STLP Turkey Run Harvest Information
      Approximate Closure Duration:  Ongoing
      Closed Roads: 810 Rd, 811 Rd, 830 Rd, portions of 620 Rd, portions of 800 Rd (No Parking @ the 800 Gate)
      Closed Trails:  Alpha Trial
      Haul Routes: 800 Gate
      Size: 41 ac
      Harvest Method:  Cable logging
      Prescription:  Commercial thinning.
      Reason for Harvest:  Remove slow growing, diseased, and dying trees to allow continued growth of remaining conifers. 
      Stand Age:  41
      Additional Considerations: None.
      Consistent w/ Forest Plan? Yes

      View map of harvest area here.

      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!

      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!