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


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!