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Hi all! My new running jacket slipped out of my pocket out at oak creek trails this morning. It was stuffed into its zipper pouch. Not any bigger than my hand. I looked for quite a while and even went back on my bike. It basically looks like a rock, so needle in a hay stack 🤣 i would appreciate it if you kept an eye out for it. TIA
Hi, this is Dusty. He slipped out of his collar at the Cardwell hill trailhead last night. If anyone sees him please let me know either message me on FB or call/text at 703-638-0314. Please do not chase him. He is a golden terrier mix and weighs about 20 lbs. He was a new rescue and is very shy and skittish of humans. He is microchipped but does not have his collar on. He did have a blue harness on but he may have slid out of that since. He was briefly seen entering the MacDunn near Goldfinch Dr.
Are E-Bikes allowed on the hiking trails?
OSU. I thank you for sharing your forest for community members to recreate. I have grown very tired of dogs charging up to me and jumping on me while I'm out running, even when they are 'friendly' or 'they never do that.' It happens very frequently and it is unacceptable. I will sometimes say things to people but I don't think it sinks in. I wonder if you would consider having certain areas as leashed only dogs such as the saddle loop and the road going to dimple hill, possible the 600 road from oak creek gate to the interstection with uproute. This is where it so frequently happens.
Oh, yes, this is a p**py picture. The 💩 I almost stepped on, IN FRONT of the p**p patrol pick up sign, just feet away from the Doggy Doo Station! Come on, people! If I’d witnessed this, you’d be under citizens’ arrest and patrolling the trails for the bags left for the p**p fairies. How unconscionable can one be! I found out today as I scooped p**p left by an invisible dog and his thoughtless owner. I’m grateful for the bags provided for me to do so, as it beats the olden days when forest patrons with a conscious foraged for an empty cup to scoop 💩 and dispose of miles away at their residences. Come on! It’s bad enough you leave your pets’ p**p for an imaginary p**p fairy along the trails, but to blatantly leave 💩 in front of the signs? Shame, shame, shame.
I hope I run long enough to watch this reforestation transform the area.
Is the forest open or is herbicide spraying still going on? If so, which trail heads are open or closed? Any info would be great.
Director Ryan Brown did it!!! She listens and acts! Thank you, Ryan! You are the OSU employee of the year(s)! Wooo! Two porta potties!👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

Oregon State University College Forests are living laboratories where active forest management practices provide teaching, research and demonstration opportunities for students of all ages, forest managers, and Oregonians.

Covering about 11,250 acres in the hilly country north and west of Corvallis, McDonald-Dunn is the OSU College of
Forestry’s largest research, teaching, and demonstration forest, and is one of the principal assets of the
College. There are usually 40 to 80 active research projects under way on the Forest at any given time. More
than 40 university classes receive part of their instruction on the Fo

Operating as usual

06/16/2021

Heads up! Next week, we will be spraying all roads, roadside ditches, and cut-banks on the McDonald, Dunn, and Cameron Forests.

**These forests are planned to be CLOSED to the public from June 21-23, 2021**

The timing of the closure is subject to change, depending on contractor availability and weather conditions.

As work locations will vary throughout the closure, we hope to open segments of the forest to public use as we complete work.

We will post signs at each forest gate announcing the upcoming application. On the day of application, we will add the chemical name and its date of application.

The herbicide application operation will consist of a pilot vehicle, a truck spraying chemical, and a chase vehicle. Roadside spraying occurs once every two years to help control the spread of invasive weeds and to protect the integrity of the road bed and ditches.

If you have any questions about roadside spraying on the OSU Research Forests, please contact us.

If you have any questions regarding specific chemicals, please contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 or via email.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Heads up! Next week, we will be spraying all roads, roadside ditches, and cut-banks on the McDonald, Dunn, and Cameron Forests.

**These forests are planned to be CLOSED to the public from June 21-23, 2021**

The timing of the closure is subject to change, depending on contractor availability and weather conditions.

As work locations will vary throughout the closure, we hope to open segments of the forest to public use as we complete work.

We will post signs at each forest gate announcing the upcoming application. On the day of application, we will add the chemical name and its date of application.

The herbicide application operation will consist of a pilot vehicle, a truck spraying chemical, and a chase vehicle. Roadside spraying occurs once every two years to help control the spread of invasive weeds and to protect the integrity of the road bed and ditches.

If you have any questions about roadside spraying on the OSU Research Forests, please contact us.

If you have any questions regarding specific chemicals, please contact the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378 or via email.

Thank you for your cooperation!

06/14/2021

Heads up! Dunn 190 Harvest begins tomorrow, June 15th:

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

Heads up! Dunn 190 Harvest begins tomorrow, June 15th:

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

06/11/2021

Happy Friday! Our June E-Newsletter is here! Read more about Get Outdoors Day, the This IS Kalapuyan Land exhibit, recent aspen planting and research, and join us in celebrating 2021 graduates 🌲😀

https://mailchi.mp/oregonstate.edu/junenewsletter2021

Happy Friday! Our June E-Newsletter is here! Read more about Get Outdoors Day, the This IS Kalapuyan Land exhibit, recent aspen planting and research, and join us in celebrating 2021 graduates 🌲😀

https://mailchi.mp/oregonstate.edu/junenewsletter2021

06/10/2021

Heads up! Davie Crockett 2 harvest will begin tomorrow, June 11th.

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

For live updates, check out our Interactive Harvest Web Map: https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/harvest-webmap

Heads up! Davie Crockett 2 harvest will begin tomorrow, June 11th.

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

For live updates, check out our Interactive Harvest Web Map: https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/harvest-webmap

Photos from Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex's post 06/10/2021

How are YOU getting outside this month? This Saturday (11am-3pm) join Master Naturalist guides and Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex for the Walk with a Beaver/Paseo con un Castor event at Snag Boat Bend. There will be activity stations and programs for families! More details below.

Check out even more Get Outdoors Day activities here: https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/outreach-education/go-day

06/08/2021

This IS Kalapuya Land

Meet Dr. David Lewis, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. Dr. Lewis teaches in Anthropology and Native Studies at OSU. His expansive research includes studying the tribal histories of Northwest Coastal peoples, specializing in the Western Oregon Tribes.

Dr. Lewis visited the Research Forest recently to talk about the "This is Kalapuyan Land" project. Numerous signs are installed on the OSU campus and throughout the McDonald Forest. Check out the video to learn more about this amazing project and about the Kalapuyans who live in the Willamette Valley, and have lived here since time immemorial.

06/03/2021

National Get Outdoors Day is this month! To celebrate this year, OSU Research Forests, OSU Extension Service, and Community Health Centers of Linn and Benton County created an online Bingo game filled with fun community-created bilingual outdoor activities you can try all summer long! Check it out! https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/go-day

In addition to the Bingo card we are also offering a FREE Get Outdoors Day magazine! Fill out an easy form on our website and we’ll deliver it to you!

¡Día Al Aire Libre es este mes! Este año, los Bosques de Estudio de OSU, Servicios Extensiones de OSU, y los Centros Comunitarios de los Condados Linn y Benton crearon un juego de bingo en línea lleno de divertidas actividades bilingües al aire libre creadas por la comunidad que puede probar durante todo el verano. ¡Échale un vistazo!
https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/go-day

¡Además de la tarjeta de Bingo, también estamos ofreciendo una revista GRATUITA del Día Al Aire Libre! ¡Complete un formulario sencillo en nuestro sitio web y se lo enviaremos!

National Get Outdoors Day is this month! To celebrate this year, OSU Research Forests, OSU Extension Service, and Community Health Centers of Linn and Benton County created an online Bingo game filled with fun community-created bilingual outdoor activities you can try all summer long! Check it out! https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/go-day

In addition to the Bingo card we are also offering a FREE Get Outdoors Day magazine! Fill out an easy form on our website and we’ll deliver it to you!

¡Día Al Aire Libre es este mes! Este año, los Bosques de Estudio de OSU, Servicios Extensiones de OSU, y los Centros Comunitarios de los Condados Linn y Benton crearon un juego de bingo en línea lleno de divertidas actividades bilingües al aire libre creadas por la comunidad que puede probar durante todo el verano. ¡Échale un vistazo!
https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/go-day

¡Además de la tarjeta de Bingo, también estamos ofreciendo una revista GRATUITA del Día Al Aire Libre! ¡Complete un formulario sencillo en nuestro sitio web y se lo enviaremos!

Photos from OSU Research Forests's post 06/01/2021

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

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. View the image below for more information and for a map of spray locations.

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

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 a map of Davie Crockett 3 closure area in the image below.

You can also check out our Interactive Harvest Webmap by clicking the link below for regularly updated closure and harvest information so you can plan a safe and informed visit.
https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/harvest-webmap

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.

05/28/2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the recent updated guidelines issued by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the updates to the OSU policy on mask wearing 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 be sure to keep you informed if any of these policies change and how that may affect your visit to the Forest.

THANK YOU for doing your part to comply with 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.

Stay safe out there friends – and enjoy the sunny weather ahead! ☀️

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the recent updated guidelines issued by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the updates to the OSU policy on mask wearing 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 be sure to keep you informed if any of these policies change and how that may affect your visit to the Forest.

THANK YOU for doing your part to comply with 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.

Stay safe out there friends – and enjoy the sunny weather ahead! ☀️

[05/23/21]   Heads up! Starting tomorrow, 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.

[05/19/21]   Heads up! Tomorrow, 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 fi****ms.

Photos from OSU Research Forests's post 05/18/2021

You may notice new signs posted throughout the OSU Research Forests.

These signs are part of the This IS Kalapuyan Land exhibition which originally opened in 2019 as a physical museum exhibition by Guest Curator Steph Littlebird Fogel (Grand Ronde, Kalapuya) and became an online exhibition in 2020. Fogel annotated panels from the museum’s prior exhibit on Kalapuyan peoples, curated contemporary Native artwork into the exhibition, and added historical content from David G. Lewis, PhD (Chinook, Santiam, Takelma, Grand Ronde).

The exhibition prompts critical thinking around the representation of Indigenous history and identity in non-Indigenous institutions.

In 2020 Five Oaks Museum founded a project to create exhibits as signs that could be placed in outdoor locations based on images in the This Is Kalapuyan Land exhibit.

In late 2020, an advisory committee was formed to begin a project to bring the exhibit to OSU with some added unique signs. Copies of this exhibit are displayed throughout the campus and in our OSU Research Forests.

This is event is made possible through partnerships between the NAL Eena Haws, the School of Language, Culture, & Society, the School of Arts & Communication, and the College of Forestry.

We encourage you to join in on two upcoming events. The first one is this evening!

This is Kalapuyan Land: Tribal Histories and Connections
Tuesday, May 18; 5:00-6:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/764742260902538
Registration link: https://beav.es/3Se

This is Kalapuyan Land: Exhibit Artists Talk
Thursday, May 20; 5:00-6:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/511823710227975
Registration link: https://beav.es/3S2

05/14/2021

Cross CTL Harvest Now Complete

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!

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

Cross CTL Harvest Now Complete

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!

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

Videos (show all)

This IS Kalapuya Land
Monthly Challenge Video
The Oregon White Oak
The Dark Forest
Peavy's Giants
OSU Research Forests: Forest Discovery Program
OSU Research Forests
The Research Forests are in the process of burning slash piles which will create additional planting spots for seedlings...
Explosive tree removal for safety

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