Thursday, November 30, 2023

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Fire Season is Over

Effective Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 1:00 AM fire season ended in the area that encompasses the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests.

Monday, October 2, 2023

Seasonal Campgrounds Begin to Close on State Forest Land

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is closing some campground operations on the Clatsop, Tillamook, and Santiam state forests as it does each year as part of its transition to winter operations. On Oct. 2 all seasonal developed campgrounds will be closing, followed by the closure of all seasonal Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) campgrounds on Oct. 31. One exception to the closure plan will be Northrup Creek Horse Camp Campground in the Clatsop State Forest, which will remain open until Dec. 1.

The closures are primarily done for public safety and are impacted by seasonal staffing levels. “As we move into fall, keeping Oregonians safe in the forest is important. With snowfall, high winds, and heavy rainfall it’s essential that we close some campgrounds as conditions change and many become inaccessible,” said Joe Offer, ODF’s Recreation Operations Manager.

Even with the closures, some camping opportunities will remain open and available through the winter months. More information on recreation opportunities at State Forest campgrounds can be found on the ODF webpage or on the campgrounds tab of this blog.