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


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!