Research Forests Management Planning Process

In October 2020, Tom DeLuca, dean of the Oregon State University College of Forestry, formed an advisory committee to begin a process that will lead to formal management plans for the Research Forests tracts. The dean tasked the advisory committee to:

  • Create a draft vision, mission, and goals statement that encompasses all of our Research Forests tracts to submit for approval by the dean;
  • Develop and suggest a process to create new management plans for all Research Forests tracts, prioritizing the McDonald and Dunn Research Forests;
  • Consider serving on the McDonald and Dunn forest management planning committee and advise on external stakeholders who can serve on the committee and assist in the efforts. The committee will create a draft forest management plan for approval by the dean.

The advisory committee's work began in January 2021, and monthly meetings will continue until the McDonald and Dunn forest management planning process starts in late 2021. Advisory committee meeting agendas, minutes, and associated documents are below.

Meeting Minutes

January 6, 2021 (Agenda: Introductions, Advisory Committee Charge)

February 10, 2021 (Agenda: Research Forests background, Committee approach; draft Research Forests mission, vision, and goals discussion) (Minutes)

March 29, 2021 (Agenda: Continue draft Research Forests mission, vision, and goals; Discuss next steps for document) (Minutes)

May 10, 2021 (Agenda: Vision document and next steps, management plan process for satellite forests, McDonald-Dunn forest management planning process discussion) (Minutes)

Upcoming Meetings

June 2021 (Agenda: TBD)

Associated Documents – Research Forests Advisory Committee

2005 McDonald-Dunn Management Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Invasive Plant Species Management Plan (McDonald - Dunn)

Oak Prairie Strategy

Recreation Survey Summary

Research Forests No Vacancy Information Sessions Summary