The cause of muddied waters, which could have negative effects on fish, drinking water, and irrigation in the Gales Creek area and into other parts of Washington County has been tracked to two large landslides located on the southeast slope of Round Top on Stimson land in the Tillamook Forest.
Those interested in the development of the Salmonberry Trail can follow along at a Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) meeting, scheduled for Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thanks to precautions taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency now meets
In a rare display of unity, all seven members of Oregon’s congressional delegation appealed to the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday to renew a century-old agreement on managing wildfires in Oregon.
Over the past few weeks, Gales Creek residents have noticed muddy waters in Gales Creek intermittently, even when it wasn't raining. It's believed the likely culprit is a large landslide on North Fork Gales Creek about two miles south of Reehers Camp.
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The Tillamook Forest Center will not open the first weekend in March this year, extending a closure that first began due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 15, 2020. The Oregon Department of Forestry does not know when the center, now shuttered for almost two years, will reopen to the public.
The next leader of the Oregon Department of Forestry was selected Friday morning by the Oregon Board of Forestry, who unanimously chose Calvin “Cal” Mukumoto, of Coos Bay, for the job of State Forester. Mukumoto will be charged with leading the Oregon Department of Forestry in managing Oregon’s
The Oregon Board of Forestry is expected to vote on a candidate this week to become Oregon’s next State Forester at a special meeting scheduled for Friday, October 29. Members of the public can watch the virtual meeting on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Youtube channel beginning
While the Tillamook Forest Center has yet to reopen following what was initially a temporary shuttering of its doors in the spring of 2020, the facility appears to be on track to reopen for the spring 2022 season. The Oregon Department of Forestry put out a call for volunteers at
Those interested in the development of the Salmonberry Trail can follow along at a regularly-scheduled Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) meeting, scheduled for October 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. Thanks to precautions taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency now meets remotely and
A helicopter crashed in a remote area in the Tillamook Forest area in Tillamook County Wednesday morning, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office said. Responding around 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 8, the sheriff’s office and other agencies found the helicopter in a remote region near the South
The Tillamook Forest Center will remain closed through the rest of the year, the Oregon Department of Forestry said Tuesday. “The closure is in place to help limit exposure to COVID-19 and to protect our entire community, to comply with state office closures, and to allow us time to
The Cedar Butte Fire is now 74 acres, crews have fully lined the fire, and are now focused on containment and mop up. In what the Oregon Department of Forestry said would likely be their last update on the fire in the Tillamook State Forest, the outlook was good. All
Friday afternoon update The Cedar Butte Fire remains at 60 acres, the Oregon Department of Forestry said Friday afternoon. “Ground crews made excellent progress today, working through hot, dry conditions to extend lines around almost the entirety of the fire’s perimeter,” a press release from the agency
In an afternoon update regarding the Cedar Butte Fire, the Oregon Department of Forestry said the wildfire had grown from an estimated 50 acres to 60 acres, calling the growth “moderate” as it burns largely within slash in the unit it started in. Crews are focusing their efforts on keeping
Update, 3:40 p.m.: The fire is now estimated to be at around 40 acres in size, and the Hagg Lake closure has been extended until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to allow Single Engine Air Tankers to scoop water from the lake. The park surrounding the lake remains
Facing another heat wave, the Oregon Department of Forestry will move fire danger to “extreme” in the eastern portion of the Tillamook State Forest and surrounding ODF-protected areas, and prohibit a number of activities in areas of the forest starting early Wednesday morning. Use of motorized vehicles and all
Parked across Idiot Creek Road on Thursday, July 22, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Terry Hudnall was the first indication that a wildfire still smoldered just west of the Coast Range summit in the Tillamook State Forest. Hudnall, providing traffic control at the Drift Creek and Idiot Creek Road
Fire crews are pushing into the interior of the Game Hog Creek Fire as they work to establish a 300 foot perimeter free of burning material, the Oregon Department of Forestry said on Wednesday. As fire crews move into what the department called “heavy mop-up,” portable water tanks and pumps
A new design for Oregon salmon license plates will be available to vehicle owners September 1, 2021, and the money from plate sales will go toward salmon habitat and restoration. The salmon plate VIP list auction opens for bids Tuesday, July 20. All bids must be received by 5:00
As of the afternoon of Sunday, July 18, the 182 acre Game Hog Creek Fire was kept in check and showed low fire activity thanks to the aid of aircraft used Saturday on the fire. Crews were also able to complete line construction into the Elk Creek drainage where the
Efforts to fight the Game Hog Creek Fire burning in the Tillamook State Forest have hit a snag today, with two of three helicopters expected to fight the fire knocked out of commission by mechanical problems Saturday morning. Now, the Oregon Department of Forestry is scrambling to get additional
The Game Hog Creek Fire grew to 133 acres, and the Oregon Department of Forestry has tapped additional helicopter support to fight the fire. Flames pushed past some of the lines fire crews built on Thursday, adding three acres to the 130 acre fire, bringing it to 133 acres
Efforts to fight the Game Hog Creek Fire continued overnight, and the Oregon Department of Forestry continues to express confidence in halting the wildfire’s spread. The fire has burned over 130 acres as of Thursday. “It held well overnight. We feel good about it,” said ODF Forest Grove District
The Oregon Department of Forestry said that fire crews battling the Game Hog Creek Fire in the Tillamook State Forest have made “good progress” in halting the blaze. “Although the fire remains uncontained because fire lines are still being built, the fire’s spread was largely stopped at about
The Game Hog Creek Fire is now estimated to be between 70 and 100 acres. “The main body of the fire appears manageable,” said Oregon Department of Forestry spokesperson Laura Fredrickson, who noted that the information came from fire crews on the ground. “The biggest issue is the
This story was updated at 10:15 a.m. with additional information. The Game Hog Creek Fire escaped fire lines Tuesday afternoon and is now growing in the Tillamook State Forest. The fire was estimated Wednesday morning to be around 70 acres in size. Overnight, crews estimated the fire
What the Oregon Department of Forestry is now calling the Game Hog Creek Fire in the Tillamook State Forest continues to burn at around six acres, though fire crews are close to the mop-up stage of the fire. The fire is burning in the understory of a dense stand of
The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet virtually on Monday, July 12 to continue the search for Oregon’s next state forester. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Monday, where members of the board will review materials relating to the job search — expected to take about three months
The Tillamook Forest Center will remain closed until at least September. The Oregon Department of Forestry-owned and operated facility and property, located along the Wilson River in the heart of the Tillamook State Forest, closed in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. “To help limit exposure to COVID-19 and help protect
A small wildfire burning in the Tillamook State Forest is under investigation by authorities who believe it may have been caused by fireworks. Fireworks are not permitted on state forestland, and the region entered fire season on June 22. In a phone call with this publication, Oregon Department of Forestry
A new interactive map featuring more than 800 sites in and around Tillamook County released by a consortium of tourism and government agencies in Tillamook County has placed a number of recreation sites in the Tillamook State Forest and beyond into a more useful format for the would-be recreator.
As temperature records are broken and locals everywhere seek ways to stay cool, Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews and inmates incarcerated at the South Fork Forest Camp are on standby in case of wildfire in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests and surrounding areas. Most of the region’s
Fire season in this corner of Oregon will begin Tuesday, June 22 at 1 a.m. In a June 16 email signed by the three Oregon Department of Forestry district foresters for the Forest Grove, Tillamook, and Astoria districts, the district heads noted that recent rainy days delayed the onset
The Salmonberry Trail Foundation plans to host a cleanup day on the planned site of the Salmonberry Trail in Buxton and a discussion on race in the outdoors on June 19, coinciding with Oregon’s soon to be newest official state holiday, Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in
Those with artistic skill and a vision for “keeping Oregon free of wildfire” can enter a billboard poster art contest launched June 1 by Keep Oregon Green in honor of their 80th anniversary. “We are excited to celebrate our important milestone by offering this fun opportunity to all Oregon
The six members of the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously voted to appoint Nancy Hirsch as interim state forester in a short special meeting held Thursday morning. Her first day on the job will be June 1. Hirsch, who retired from the Oregon Department of Forestry in 2019 as the
The Oregon Department of Forestry has announced that all campgrounds in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests will have reopened by Memorial Day weekend, with the last few stragglers opening Thursday, May 27. Joining campgrounds opened throughout the last few weeks are Brown’s Camp, Gales Creek Campground, Jones Creek,
The search for an interim state forester continues, with a vote on a candidate coming on Thursday, May 27 at a special meeting called for that purpose. Among other duties, the state forester, who serves as the chief executive officer of the Oregon Department of Forestry, will be among
A bill introduced in the Oregon Senate on Wednesday, May 19 by a bipartisan group of senators would strip the Oregon Board of Forestry of their statutory power to appoint Oregon’s state forester, reducing their role to that of an advisory one in the matter. The Oregon Senate would
The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet Thursday, May 20 to discuss the appointment of an interim State Forester and a recruitment process to select a permanent replacement for State Forester Peter Daugherty, who announced his resignation May 7. Daugherty’s last day in the position will be May 31.
A unique cartographical feature of the region is the point in northwest Oregon — located in the Tillamook Forest — where four county corners meet, the only such location in Oregon. While not as glamorous as the more well-known Four Corners Monument where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet, the
Several campsites and recreation areas in the Tillamook State Forest and the Clatsop State Forest are reopening after an extended closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Tillamook State Forest’s recreation team moved forward on May 6 with opening two sites,
Those interested in the development of the Salmonberry Trail can follow along at a regularly-scheduled Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) meeting, scheduled for May 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thanks to precautions taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency now meets
Those interested in the development of the Salmonberry Trail can follow along at a regularly-scheduled Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) meeting, scheduled for March 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thanks to precautions taken in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency now meets remotely
A logging operation near the Stagecoach Horse Camp, located just west of Browns Camp, has closed the horse camp temporarily, the Oregon Department of Forestry said. According to ODF spokesperson Jason Cox, the closure is tentatively expected to be around two to four weeks long, but could vary depending on
The Oregon Department of Forestry issued an annual report that shows revenue from timber operations in the Tillamook State Forest to Tillamook, Washington and Columbia County totals $31.4 in revenue in the 2020 fiscal year. Of that pool, Washington County and local districts received over $8.
The Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests are expected to reopen to public use on Friday, September 18 at 1 a.m., according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. However, the fire danger is expected to remain at “High,” which comes with additional restrictions for those hiking, biking, kayaking, hunting,
The Oregon Department of Forestry plans to keep all forests under their purview closed to public entry and use through at least Wednesday, September 16. The earliest they could open is Thursday, September 17. “Fire danger remains extreme, air quality is bad to hazardous, and last week’s wind
At least 124 inmates from the South Fork Forest Camp, a joint Oregon Department of Corrections and Department of Forestry facility, have been deployed to fight fires this month, according to a spokesperson for the DOC. The men at this facility have been deploying to fight wildfires, a tradition
Beginning Friday, September 11 at 1 a.m., logging and other industrial forest activities in the entirety of the Northwest Oregon Forest Protective Association region will be closed due to wildfire danger and limited firefighting resources. The move by the Oregon Department of Forestry to shift the forests to
The Tillamook State Forest is closed to the public, as are other forestlands protected by the agency in northwest Oregon due to extreme wildfire danger and limited firefighting resources. In an alert issued Wednesday afternoon, the agency said that the order applied to the Tillamook, Clatsop, and Santiam State Forests,
For those who work in the Tillamook State Forest and surrounding forests protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, logging and other commercial activities will need to shift certain activities out of the hottest parts of the day as much of the region moves to Industrial Fire Precaution Level 3
“We’re looking at our worst fire danger of the year,” said Oregon Department of Forestry Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata in a phone call with the Banks Post on Tuesday morning. “People might feel the colder nights which are really nice, but unfortunately the fuels are really
A Hillsboro man has died after an elk he wounded while bow hunting gored him to death. According to the Oregon State Police, Mark David, 66, was hunting on private property in the area of Trask Road in Tillamook County on Saturday, August 29 when he wounded a 5×
NW OREGON – Temperatures are expected to soar into the upper 90’s this weekend, according to the Portland branch of the National Weather Service, and the Oregon Department of Forestry will place much of the region on “High” fire danger beginning Thursday, August 13 at 1 a.
GALES CREEK – Over the past two years, staff from the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have planted 1,000 western red cedars along a mile-long stretch of Gales Creek in the Tillamook State Forest. “As these trees grow, they’ll
TIMBER – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency is forging ahead with plans for the Salmonberry Trail, and for the next portion of the trail planning process, seeks members of the Timber community and other members of far west Washington County for the Canyon and River segments of the Salmonberry Trail.
OREGON – Fire season began July 1 for the Tillamook State Forest beginning July 1, and as of Monday, July 6, the rest of the state’s ODF protected lands have followed suit, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF’s Southwest Oregon was the first area in
Tillamook – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting on Friday, October 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Port of Tillamook Bay Officers’ Mess Hall, 6825 Officers’ Row Road just outside of Tillamook. The board is expected to
TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST – The Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, an Oregon nonprofit organization that has spearheaded projects and initiatives in the Tillamook State Forest such as the Tillamook Forest Center, the Salmonberry Trail, and the State Forests Recreation Fund is hosting a gathering to honor their supporters and contributors on
TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST – The Tillamook-based nonprofit Wilson River Cleanup Group (WRCG) is holding its annual river cleanup September 21, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group wants to make sure the river may be enjoyed by all, so it annually organizes a cleanup day
VERNONIA – Oregon Department of Forestry officials now say that the number of confirmed fires from lightning strikes early Thursday morning has grown to five, with crews investigating reports of three more smoke plumes. A storm cell moved through the region overnight, with multiple lightning strikes recorded in Columbia County
VERNONIA – A storm cell moved through the region overnight, with multiple lightning strikes recorded in Columbia County north of Vernonia around 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Thursday, August 29. At least four small fires ignited as a result, with crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry,
NW OREGON – While the fire season has been mild for most of the northwestern portion of Oregon, the next few days will bring heightened danger as temperatures spike into the upper 90’s. Much of the Willamette Valley has already been placed into a red flag warning by
By Daniel Pearson – Salmonberry Magazine TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST – The Oregon Department of Forestry(ODF) announced it will resume road restrictions this fall in the western part of the Tillamook State Forest to improve deer and elk escapement during hunting season. The 15-year-old program is
By Chas Hundley and Olivia Johnson MANNING – Several Oregon state agencies have teamed up to refurbish and expand access to the Manning Trailhead on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. The project is expected to nearly triple the capacity for vehicles at the busy access point for the trail, which is
SALEM – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting on Friday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Officer’s Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, 6825 Officer’s Row, Tillamook Ore. The meeting will open with
Courtney Schultz, Colorado State University; Cassandra Moseley, University of Oregon, and Heidi Huber-Stearns, University of Oregon This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. As spring settles in across the United States, western states are already preparing for summer and wildfire season.
TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST – A wildflower and butterfly sketching workshop hosted by Seaside-based artist, educator and forager Dorota Haber-Lehigh is coming to the Tillamook Forest Center Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The workshop, intended for participants ages 12 to adult, requires registration and a $25
SALEM – Public input is sought on the Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan at a roundtable discussion scheduled in Salem on Friday, April 12. The discussion will begin at 1 p.m. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon
April 6 & 7 (Sat & Sun) 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. ARBOR WEEK CELEBRATION Staff will guide each participant to a tree planting site and provide native tree seedlings for planing in the Tillamook State Forest. Participants will receive a tree planting certificate. The event
SALEM – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting on Friday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Classroom Conference Room at the ODFW HQ Office, located at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, Ore.
March 9 (Sat.) 11:00 a.m. SEE THE FOREST FOR THE BEES Oregon Department of Forestry forensic scientists will demonstrate how Oregon’s forests are managed as part of the Fresh Brewed Forestry series, which showcases presenters once a month during the spring and fall. This presentation focuses on
SALEM – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) compiled a report to show their achievements and actions, as well as those of the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, taken since October 2017 through 2018. While many of the items in the report deal in legal work and agreements necessary to running
We’re rebranding—and expanding— our mission. This is Chas Hundley—editor of this site—and I’ve got a quick announcement to make about the direction we’ll be taking this year. Contrary to popular belief, we are not the official website of the nonprofit or
TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST – The Tillamook Forest Center will open for the 2019 season on Friday, March 1, kicking off the year with a presentation series showcasing forest management and an exhibit of the wood sculptures of Martin Conley. The “Fresh Brewed Forestry” series will focus on Oregon
TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST – A long-planned evolution in the development of the Salmonberry Trail took its first steps recently with the announcement by the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust that the Salmonberry Trail Foundation would be formed. The foundation will take over assisting with Salmonberry Trail development from the Tillamook Forest
Oregon Coast – The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is seeking the public’s assistance with a major planning effort along the coast. ODOT wants the public to help its planners identify areas of the 370-mile Oregon Coast Bike Route (OCBR) that need improvement. The OCBR, which takes many cyclists
Salem – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting on Friday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tillamook conference room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem. Topics on the agenda include discussions and updates on strategic plan
Timber, Ore.- On October 5 – 7, more than 400 cyclists, staff, and volunteers will flock to Timber and the surrounding region for Cycle Oregon’s inaugural ‘Gravel’ ride, starting at Reehers Camp and traversing dozens of gravel logging roads through the Tillamook State Forest and private forestland. Participants, who’
Banks, Oregon – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will host the annual meeting of the Salmonberry Trail Coalition on Thursday, October 4 in Banks. The public meeting runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at the at Banks Fire District 13, 13430 NW Main St, Banks, Oregon 97106. The agenda
Tillamook – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting on Friday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tillamook County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, Commissioner’s Meeting Rooms A&B, 201 Laurel Avenue, Tillamook, OR. Topics on the agenda include an
Banks, Oregon – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting on Friday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Banks Fire District #13, located at 13430 NW Main St., Banks. Topics on the agenda include an update on the Valley segment of
Tillamook – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting in the Officers’ Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay offices in Tillamook on Friday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics on the agenda include an update on the
Salem – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) will hold a board meeting in Room 50 at the Oregon Capital in Salem on Friday, February 2 at 10 a.m. Topics on the agenda include an update on the Valley segment of the trail, which runs from Banks through Manning and
Tillamook State Forest – The Tillamook Forest Center will hold a cleaning day on Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to prepare for the center’s upcoming spring season opening on Thursday, March 1. According to the Tillamook Forest Center, volunteers can
Banks, Oregon – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) is seeking 10-15 local community members to form the Valley Segment Planning Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Washington County, and the Washington County Visitor’s Association (WCVA) on all matters related to
Banks, Oregon – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will hold a board meeting at Banks Fire District #13 on Friday, December 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. to discuss ownership issues, fundraising, legal concerns, and planning the “Valley” segment of the trail route, which includes the city
Tillamook – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency will host the annual meeting of the Salmonberry Trail Coalition on Tuesday, October 3 in Tillamook. The public meeting runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Officer’s Mess Hall at the Port of Tillamook Bay, located at 6825
Grande Ronde – The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) board will meet at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde on August 4th from 10 am to 1 pm for a regularly scheduled board meeting to discuss issues related to the management and ownership of the proposed 84 mile Salmonberry Trail.
By LeeAnn Neal and Chas Hundley Washington, D.C. – On Aug. 1, Stewart Wald & McCulley LLC, a Kansas City, Missouri legal firm claiming to have settled “nearly all the largest rails-to-trails cases to date” filed a lawsuit against the United States government on behalf of more than 50
Timber- The proposed Salmonberry Trail will have a public meeting in Timber on Monday. The organization of the public meeting is largely due to the efforts of Trinity Herr, a local resident. Herr had been in the process of working with a group of local residents about writing a letter
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