Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Trees


Happy Holidays!

Thanks to everyone who has called to start the Holiday Season off on the right foot by checking to see if Christmas tree cutting is allowed on State Forests.  We really appreciate everyone working to "do the right thing" on State Forest lands.

Oregon's State Forests don't issue permits for or allow cutting of Christmas trees.  There are great opportunities to cut your own Christmas trees on most National Forests and at local Christmas tree farms.

Here are some resources to help you find the best place to cut your Christmas tree:

Links for more information on cutting Christmas trees in National Forests:

Mt. Hood National Forest

Siuslaw National Forest

Links for information on private Christmas tree farms:

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree

Oregon Farm Bureau


Friday, November 16, 2018

Road Closure: Miami Forest Road

Be advised that the Miami River Road is CLOSED at the Miami Foley Road. This junction is at the west end of the Miami River Road where the bridge is out over Prouty Creek and the road is closed.

The Miami Forest Road can be accessed from Foley Creek Road and Firebreak 3. Signs are posted reminding forest road travelers that the Miami River Road is closed at the Miami Foley Road.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

N. Fork Wolf Creek Target Shooting Lanes OPEN

The target shooting lanes on North Fork of Wolf Creek Road have re-opened after an upgrade project funded through an NRA Foundation Grant obtained by Trash No Land.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

THANK YOU SOLVE VOLUNTEERS

One hundred and ten pounds of debris was removed from the Wilson River on Saturday, September 29, as part of the SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup.

Forty volunteers joined ODF staff to clean debris from the Wilson River at Smith Homestead and Jones Creek Day Use Area.

Thank you for your hard work and the contribution you made to the Tillamook State Forest.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Mushrooms Don't Care About Fashion

The arrival of autumn finds the Tillamook State Forest filled with the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of maples and alders donning their fall finery.  Autumn also brings out hundreds of visitors who engage in activities such as foraging for mushrooms or hunting for game that take them off of the beaten path into the brush.

If your recreation activities take you off of established roads, please consider the following safety tips:

Does someone know where you are?  If you head out to the woods, let someone know where you are going and when you plan on returning and don't deviate from your plans. That way, if there is an emergency that prevents you from returning home, you can be sure folks know where to start looking for you.

Safety orange is not just for game hunters.  High visibility clothing is your friend whether you are traveling on a designated trail, hunting for deer, fishing a remote stream or foraging for mushrooms.  It makes you visible not just to your fellow visitors but to search teams as well.

Can you survive the night?  Carry food and water with you whenever you are in the woods even if you only plan on being in the woods for a few hours or away from your vehicle for a short time.  Temperatures can vary wildly during the early days of autumn so taking an extra layer with you when you head into the woods can be a lifesaver.

How's your whistle?  Most foresters carry a whistle with them at all times when they are crashing through the brush.  The sound of a whistle will carry farther than the human voice and can be used alert people to your presence.

Shelter in place.  If you do get turned around when you are out in the woods the best thing you can do is to stay in one place.  It's easier to find someone when they remain stationary.

And finally, keep a good thought.  Your best friend in planning and enjoying a forest visit or in working through an emergency situation is a positive attitude.

See you in the woods!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Beaver Dam Rock Pit Volunteer Day

On Saturday, August 25th our partners at Trash No Land hosted a clean-up of the Beaver Dam Rock Pit.  33 volunteers spent the morning scouring the pit and pulled out over 20 yards of garbage and debris related to target shooting activity.


THANKS TRASH NO LAND!





Dedicated Volunteer Community (left)
Trash No Land had 33 volunteers respond to their call for help from the target shooting community in cleaning up the Beaver Dam Rock Pit.



Filled to Overflowing (right) 
It only took a few hours for volunteers to fill the 20 yard dumpster  provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry for the clean-up efforts.










After (left)  The Beaver Dam Rock Pit hasn't been this clean in a long time.  The folks from Trash No Land hope this prompts target shooting enthusiasts to help keep the site clean by taking home targets, garbage and brass or shells.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Who are your forest neighbors?

Whether camping, hiking, fishing or dirt-biking, when you are out and about in the Tillamook State Forest, you are part of an ecosystem that is home to a wide variety of critters be they sporting fins, feathers or fur.

When you are in the woods, you can help keep the wildlife healthy by doing a few simple things:

  • Don't feed the wildlife on purpose or on accident.  
    • Lock your food and garbage in secure containers or in your car.
    • Keep your campfire area and campsite clean.
    • Don't leave pet food easily accessible out of doors.
    • Place bird feeders so that only birds can get into them.
  • Keep your pets safe by keeping them on a leash.
  • Remember, animals are attracted to smells so don't leave things like scented candles, lotions or soaps in places you don't want animals to get into.
  • Use a flashlight when you are out at night.
Our friends at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) have put together some great information on how to enjoy your encounters with wildlife while avoiding conflicts.  Before you head out on your next forest adventure, check out their fantastic brochures and tip sheets on Living with Wildlife.





Friday, July 20, 2018

Cedar Creek Road Closure

Image result for road closed signCedar Creek Road will be closed on Tuesday, July 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for culvert installation. The road will be closed at Designated Campsite #1 (approx. 1/4 mile on Cedar Creek Road).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jordan Creek Closures

Due to active logging operations, the following closures are in place in the Jordan Creek Area. The closures are in effect 7 days per week. All areas are signed.

JORDAN CREEK ROAD - CLOSED AT MILEPOST 4

SPAUR CREEK OHV TRAIL - CLOSED

DESIGNATED CAMPSITES 9, 10 & 12 - CLOSED

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Camping Fees

Camping in the Tillamook State Forest this summer? Don't forget to bring cash or checks to pay for camping fees. Due to our remote locations, we do not have the ability to accept credit cards for payment.

Camping Fees
Campgrounds: $20.00/drive-in sites   $15.00/walk-in sites
Designated Campsites:  $5.00 per night, per vehicle

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Jordan Creek Road and Campsite Closure

Due to active logging, Jordan Creek Road from milepost 4 to milepost 5 and Jordan Creek Designated Campsites 9 and 10 are closed. The closures are in effect until logging is completed. Campers looking to access designated campsites 11 through 14 will need to use an alternate route.

Monday, May 21, 2018

TSF Trip Planner: Changes in the Routine

New Public Use Rules and A Fee Increase

When you pack your bags and head out to any of Oregon's State Forests for your next adventure, you'll find a few changes to the information regarding fees and forest rules posted at your favorite forest destination.


Stay Limits

The stay limits on Oregon State Forests have changed.  Visitors can now enjoy camping within the following time allotments:

  • 14 days in a 35 day period
  • A maximum of 42 days in a consecutive 12 month period
This stay limit applies across the forest to the dispersed sites, designated campsites and developed campgrounds.


Fee Increase

Campsite fees have increased to include two vehicles in the base fee:

  • Drive-In Campsite:  $20 per night for up to 2 vehicles
  • Walk-In Tent Site:   $15 per night for up to 2 vehicles
Group campsite, designated camping area and extra vehicle fees remain the same:

  • Group Campsite:   $50 per night
  • Extra Vehicle Fee:  $5 per vehicle per night
  • Designated Camping Area Fee:    $5 per vehicle per night


Fees are Being Charged at More Sites

Camping fees will start being charged on May 25, 2018 at the following designated camping areas:
  • Morrison Eddy  $15 per night for up to 2 vehicles
  • Cedar Creek:   $5 per vehicle per night
  • North Fork:     $5 per vehicle per night


Occupancy Limits

Occupancy Limits for most developed campgrounds will be a maximum of 8 people, 2 tents and 2 vehicles per campsite unless otherwise posted.  Check the information boards and picnic tables in your favorite campground to see what number of people, tents and vehicles is approved for your favorite campsite.

You can check out the rest of the Oregon Department of Forestry Recreation Rules on the Secretary of State's website.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

It's Official - Tillamook State Forest Volunteers are AWESOME!

SOLVE IT Success on April 21, 2018!

The weather was beautiful, the volunteers were pumped and the Tillamook State Forest's 2018 SOLVE Earth Day Clean-up was a resounding success.  We may be a little biased, but I think it’s obvious, Tillamook State Forest Volunteers ROCK!

At the end of the day 4 ODF staff members working with a group of 60 volunteers from 7 different clubs and organizations removed over 6,000 pounds of garbage (about 30 cubic yards) and 201 tires from the Tillamook State Forest in just under 4 hours!


Clubs and Organizations Represented were:

Volunteers prepare to unload the farm gate
and 60 tires from this forestry trailer.
·        Oregon Equestrian Trails
·        Gitout.com (4x4 club)
·        Trucks in Tight Spots Off-Road (4x4 club)
·        Cascade Cruisers (4x4 club)
·        Friends of Wayne Naillon
·        Ride Revivial
·        Jolly Jeepers (4x4 club)
·        Tillamook State Forest Trail Patrol
·        Boy Scout Troop 557




Site partners included:
  • SOLVE
  • Oregon Department of Transportation who provided the staging area for the dumpsters and volunteer registration

Special thanks to:
    Swatco Sanitary Service
  • SWATCO Sanitary, Inc of Banks who donated the dumpsters and the hauling services.  This business has been supporting our SOLVE project since 1996.


Some of what was pulled out of the brush included:
Halfway full with some sofas and a sink.
  • Tires, tires and more tires
  • Several small appliances
  • 4 sofas
  • Two nearly identical silver automobile hoods (vented with bullet holes)
  • A utility sink
  • Queen mattress set
  • A galvanized farm gate
  • Bags of old clothes




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

THANK YOU OHV VOLUNTEERS

The first annual Single Track Day held on March 17 was a huge success!

Forty volunteers cleared trails, removed storm debris, did trail maintenance and cutback Salmonberry on over 10 miles of OHV trails.

Many thanks to all who participated and contributed 280 volunteer hours in support of OHV trails on the Tillamook State Forest.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Archers Firebreak OHV Trail Closure

Logging operations are planned to begin on the Red Buzzard Timber Sale Area 3 on Monday, January 8, 2018. A section of the Archers Firebreak OHV Trail is closed. Additional sections will be closed throughout the winter as the timber sale progresses.

Please watch for and adhere to all trail closure signs.

The haul route for this timber sale is Archers Road to Jordan Creek Road. As many as 20 loaded log trucks may be on the road a day.