Thursday, September 16, 2021

All OHV Trails OPEN: Effective 09.16.2021

 

As we are beginning to see the early signs of fall on bushes and rain is finally in the forecast, the state forests will be experiencing significant changes for public recreation in the coming days and weeks.

Beginning with the September 16, 2021 downgrading of fire danger to "moderate" across the Forest Grove District, the district's OHV trails and the forest roads north of Highway 26 will be opening to public use. This change means that all OHV trails across the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests will be open for public usage, as well as the North Fork Wolf Creek Shooting Lanes.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

OHV Trails Re-Open on Western Side of Tillamook State Forest

Ready to ride? Effective Friday, August 27th, some of ODF’s off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails will re-open where fire danger has dropped to moderate.

On the western side of the Tillamook State Forest, all OHV trails accessed out of Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill, and Trask-Area staging areas will be open to public usage. However, trails on the eastern side of the forest (accessed through Browns Camp, Rogers Camp, and Lyda Camp staging areas) will remain closed for wildfire danger.

Similarly, OHV trails on the Clatsop State Forest will also be open for riding. These trails are all located within the Nicolai Mountain OHV Riding Area.

Closures and restrictions change regularly based on local conditions. For up-to-date info, visit the ODF website.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Effective Tuesday, August 17, 2021: Public Use Restrictions Lessen on Eastern Portion of Tillamook State Forest, Fire Danger Back to High

FOREST GROVE, Ore. — With fire danger dropping to high in the eastern portion of the Tillamook State Forest, the Oregon Department of Forestry is lessening some restrictions on public use effective 1 a.m. Tuesday.

The most significant change is re-opening roads in the eastern part of the forest to motorized traffic, re-opening of some campgrounds, and allowing campfires only in campgrounds within ODF-installed fire rings. The following restrictions remain in place:

  • Off-highway vehicle trails remain closed
  • Campfires are still banned outside of developed campgrounds with ODF-installed rings
  • Smoking is still prohibited
  • Off Highway 26, non-motorized traffic by the public is still prohibited behind the fire gates on North Fork Wolf Creek Road, McGregor Road, and Music Road. 

Note that all year long, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer rounds and exploding targets are prohibited on state-managed forestland.

This decision was made based on forecasted lower temperatures and slightly increased humidity, and restrictions will increase again if fire danger returns to Extreme. ODF urges forest users to know before you go and check Public Use Restrictions before you head to your destination. To do so, please visit Oregon.gov/odf and click “Fire Restrictions & Closures.”

Note that Public Use Restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level restrictions may differ. IFPL levels and associated restrictions can also be checked on the ODF website.

Contact: Jason Cox, ODF Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7427, jason.r.cox@oregon.gov