Siuslaw National Forest

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Four major rivers flow out of the Siuslaw National Forest into the Pacific Ocean: the Nestucca, Alsea, Siuslaw, and Umpqua providing excellent habitat for anadromous fish. Many other smaller streams and tributaries add to the annual route salmon and steelhead take to their ancestral spawning ground. Abundant rainfall and mild winters provide growing conditions for a variety of vegetation species. The Siuslaw’s temperate rain forest, coastal influence, ocean-forest interface, relatively young Douglas-fir forest, and cultural history make it unique among all other national forests. The Siuslaw has two distinct vegetation zones, Sitka spruce and western hemlock. The hardy Sitka spruce zone grows where the coast influence of mild temperatures, winds, and dense fog discourage other types of vegetation. Western hemlock grows well in shade beneath the dense Douglas-fire canopy. As Douglas fir matures, western hemlock takes over. Both zones contain freshwater, upland, offshore, and estuarine habitats that support a wide variety of vegetation, fish, and wildlife. The climate of the Siuslaw is best described as a Pacific maritime with recorded rainfall of up to 100 inches per year in some parts of the Forest. Temperatures are moderate, averaging in the '30s to '40s during the winter with a very occasional snowfall. Summers are warm and dry, with cooler temperatures along the coast, warming up as you travel inland.

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As of today, the Siuslaw National Forest is under Extreme Fire Danger. Please follow all open flame restrictions and mak...
09/03/2020

As of today, the Siuslaw National Forest is under Extreme Fire Danger. Please follow all open flame restrictions and make sure your fire is out and cold to the touch before leaving the area. #OnlyYou

Please exercise caution this Labor Day Weekend. Fire Danger will be extreme across much of the state. Smokey Bear and the rest of us in fire prevention thank you. #oregonouroregon #keeporegongreen #PreventWildfires #smokeybear #onlyyou Keep Oregon Green Association.

09/03/2020
Dispersed Camping

Thanks to our Field Rangers for sharing their tips on how to #RecreateResponsibly when disperse camping. As a reminder fire restrictions are in place on the forest and campfires are only allowed in established campfire rings.

09/02/2020
Wildlife Wednesday - Western Snowy Plover

Welcome to #WildlifeWednesday. Today, learn more about the Western Snowy Plover and how to keep them safe when you visit the beach this weekend. 🏖
Special thanks to our Field Ranger team from the Environment for the Americas program for putting this together. 🌳

Due to the wildfire burning along Sweet Creek Road near Mapleton, visitors to Sweet Creek Falls Trail will need to take ...
09/01/2020

Due to the wildfire burning along Sweet Creek Road near Mapleton, visitors to Sweet Creek Falls Trail will need to take an alternate route to access the trailheads. For more information on the fire, which is currently burning mostly on private lands, visit the fire information page shared below.

Sweet Creek Road is closed to public traffic due to firefighting operations. Please help us keep the public and our firefighters safe by staying away from the area.

Please pack out what you bring into the forest - including your trash! Extra high visitation this year means some trash ...
08/27/2020

Please pack out what you bring into the forest - including your trash! Extra high visitation this year means some trash cans are filling more quickly than we can empty them. Overflowing trash cans look bad, smell bad, and are bad for wildlife. Be prepared to take your trash home with you if trash cans are full. Most visitors do the right thing. Please do your part so everyone can enjoy! #RecreateResponsibly

Adventure time?! Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.#7 Build an Inclusive OutdoorsTimes are tough. Be su...
08/20/2020

Adventure time?! Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.

#7 Build an Inclusive Outdoors

Times are tough. Be sure to practice patience with forest staff, camp hosts, other visitors, and yourself as we navigate these new challenges together.

[Image: Two forest service staff members smile together near a waterfall]

Ready to explore? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.#6 Explore LocallyFlowers and wildlife are everywhe...
08/20/2020

Ready to explore? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.

#6 Explore Locally

Flowers and wildlife are everywhere. Is there a place near home that you haven’t visited yet? Maybe it will be your new favorite spot!

[Image: A bee visits a figwort flower while traveling outside of the hive]

Taking the road less traveled? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.#5 Play it SafeRescue staff are limite...
08/20/2020

Taking the road less traveled? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.

#5 Play it Safe

Rescue staff are limited and wildfire season is picking up. Be prepared and have a few alternative routes so that you and your crew can enjoy the outdoors and return home safely.

[Image: A fire crew works as smoke rises from the landscape]

Going on an adventure? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.#4 Plan AheadBe sure to pack everything you ne...
08/20/2020

Going on an adventure? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.

#4 Plan Ahead

Be sure to pack everything you need for the time you are staying - food, water, trash bags, and other safety gear. If you arrived at a trail or campsite that is full, have a few back up plans to enjoy other parts of the area.

[Image: An OHV rider prepares for a great day on the dunes]

Spending time away from home? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.#3 Practice Physical DistancingKeep a s...
08/20/2020

Spending time away from home? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.

#3 Practice Physical Distancing

Keep a safe distance from neighbors and wildlife. Wear a mask if you need to pass someone on a trail or in crowded areas such as parking lots and information kiosks.

[Image: A hiker leaves footprints in the sand at the dunes while another follows at a safe distance.]

Planning an outdoor trip? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.#2 Leave No TraceBe prepared to carry your ...
08/20/2020

Planning an outdoor trip? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.

#2 Leave No Trace

Be prepared to carry your trash with you, including food and pet waste, if trash cans are full. Big Foot has been doing this for years! #LNT

[Image: Looking down at a layer of clouds from Mary's Peak, beside a clean picnic table]

Planning an outdoor trip this weekend? Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.#1 Know Before You Go Check we...
08/20/2020

Planning an outdoor trip this weekend?

Please remember the 7 tips to #RecreateResponsibly.

#1 Know Before You Go

Check websites and social media pages for the latest information on a trail or camping area #KnowBeforeYouGo

[Image: Rock Creek flows in the foreground of a forest as the sun begins to risk]

#KnowBeforeYouGoFour Forest Service Roads (FSR) within the Siuslaw National Forest will have delays and intermittent clo...
08/19/2020

#KnowBeforeYouGo

Four Forest Service Roads (FSR) within the Siuslaw National Forest will have delays and intermittent closures through October. Check the list of roads: https://go.usa.gov/xfunP.

Matsutake collecting season will proceed this year on the Central Coast Ranger District with a new, mail-in permit proce...
08/19/2020

Matsutake collecting season will proceed this year on the Central Coast Ranger District with a new, mail-in permit procedure.

Find out more at: https://go.usa.gov/xfz7a

Cumpleaños felizTe deseamos a tiCumpleaños SmokeyCumpleaños felizHoy Smokey Bear cumple 76 años. ¿Qué harías para ayudar...
08/09/2020

Cumpleaños feliz
Te deseamos a ti
Cumpleaños Smokey
Cumpleaños feliz

Hoy Smokey Bear cumple 76 años. ¿Qué harías para ayudar a celebrar el cumpleaños de Smokey?

76 years looks good on you! Happy Birthday to our favorite firefighter, Smokey Bear. How are you going to help Smokey ce...
08/09/2020

76 years looks good on you! Happy Birthday to our favorite firefighter, Smokey Bear. How are you going to help Smokey celebrate his Birthday? #OnlyYou

The temperature may have dipped, but it’s still pretty dry out there and fire danger remains high. Fire restrictions are...
08/07/2020

The temperature may have dipped, but it’s still pretty dry out there and fire danger remains high. Fire restrictions are now in effect on the Siuslaw National Forest which means campfires are only allowed in permanent fire rings in official developed campsites and in designated sand camping areas. Thanks for doing your part to prevent wildfires. Check out our website for more information https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/siuslaw/fire.

#knowbeforeyougo Missouri Bend Bridge, located on Forest Service Road 3412, will be inspected on Tuesday August 11th. We...
08/07/2020

#knowbeforeyougo

Missouri Bend Bridge, located on Forest Service Road 3412, will be inspected on Tuesday August 11th.

Wessen Smith Road Bridge, located on Forest Service Road 2319110, will be inspected on Saturday August 15th.

Boom Trucks and other equipment will be used to do safety inspections on the bridge. Single lane closures will be utilized when possible, but there will be times when traffic will be completely closed to crossing the bridge for up to 30 minutes at a time with a minimum of 5 minute open periods between complete closures. Work is scheduled to begin between 7:30am and 8:15am for both bridges.

Designado por el Congreso en 2019, Devil's Staircase Wilderness es la última incorporación a las áreas silvestres del Bo...
08/07/2020
Siuslaw National Forest - Devils Staircase Wilderness

Designado por el Congreso en 2019, Devil's Staircase Wilderness es la última incorporación a las áreas silvestres del Bosque Nacional de Siuslaw. Todos los calles dentro del área se cerraron legalmente con la firma de la ley en 2019 y a partir del 10 de agosto, los caminos que ingresan al área silvestre tendrán barreras en el límite de las áreas silvestres para continuar evitando el uso motorizado y mecanizado (bicicletas). El área silvestre permanece abierta para uso no motorizado; sin embargo, los visitantes deben estar preparados para terrenos remotos porque no hay caminos dedicados.

Para más información: https://go.usa.gov/xfvsw

Devil’s Staircase Wilderness was designated in March 2019, making it one of the newest additions to the National Wilderness Preservation System. Devil’s Staircase comprises some of the last remaining old-growth forest in the Oregon Coast Range, consisting of large Douglas fir, cedar, and western...

Designated by Congress in 2019, Devil’s Staircase Wilderness is the newest addition to the Siuslaw National Forest’s wil...
08/07/2020

Designated by Congress in 2019, Devil’s Staircase Wilderness is the newest addition to the Siuslaw National Forest’s wilderness areas. While all roads within the wilderness area were legally closed with the signing of the law in 2019, beginning August 10th roads that enter the wilderness area will have barriers at the wilderness boundary to continue to prevent motorized and mechanized (bikes) use. The wilderness area remains open to non-motorized use; however, there are no trails and visitors should be prepared for rugged and remote terrain.

For more information - https://go.usa.gov/xfvsw

Have a great weekend and make sure your campfires are out cold before you leave. 🔥💧😁We've been seeing a lot of hot aband...
07/31/2020

Have a great weekend and make sure your campfires are out cold before you leave. 🔥💧😁
We've been seeing a lot of hot abandon campfires, so please help us keep the forest safe. 🐻🌲

¿Planeando un viaje a la costa? Algunos de nuestros campamentos, normalmente reservado por orden de llegada, estarán dis...
07/28/2020

¿Planeando un viaje a la costa? Algunos de nuestros campamentos, normalmente reservado por orden de llegada, estarán disponibles para reserva en http://Recreation.gov, a partir del 3 de agosto. Visite nuestro sitio web para obtener más información https://go.usa.gov/xfQQF.

[Imagen: Una tienda de campaña se encuentra junto a una mesa de picnic en un campamento en el bosque.]

Planning a trip to the coast? All of our campsites in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area will be reservation only...
07/28/2020

Planning a trip to the coast? All of our campsites in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area will be reservation only, starting August 3rd. Reserve online at Recreation.gov or call 877.444.6777. Check out our website for specific locations https://go.usa.gov/xfQQF.

[Image: A tent sits next to a picnic bench on a campsite among the trees]

We are seeing an increase in abandoned campfires in all areas of the forest. Please be sure all logs are cold before lea...
07/23/2020

We are seeing an increase in abandoned campfires in all areas of the forest. Please be sure all logs are cold before leaving the area.

Although we’re grateful for a less severe fire season so far this year, the vast majority of wildfires have been human caused. Please help by never leaving your fire unattended & dead out before leaving. https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/fire-aviation

07/21/2020
Your Northwest Forests

¡Gracias a todos que participan en la obra de conservación!

Happy #NationalLatinoConservation week! We're so grateful for our partners who help us share information about the great opportunities we all can enjoy exploring your
U.S. Forest Service lands! Vive NW

Los permisos para vegetación y otros productos forestales especiales están disponibles por transacción en un horario lim...
07/17/2020

Los permisos para vegetación y otros productos forestales especiales están disponibles por transacción en un horario limitado y fuera de la oficina del Central Coast Ranger District en Waldport y la Oficina del Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area en Reedsport.

Para obtener más información o comprar permisos por teléfono, comuníquese con nuestras oficinas o visite nuestro sitio web.
Oficina de Waldport al 541-563-8400 (8:30 - 3:30 L-V)
Oficina de Reedsport al 541-271-600 (8:30 - 3:30 L-V)
https://go.usa.gov/xfWwY

[Imagen: Salal, uno de los muchos productos forestales especiales disponibles en temporada con un permiso especial para productos forestales.]

Permits for greenery and other special forest products are available by curbside transaction and on a limited schedule a...
07/17/2020

Permits for greenery and other special forest products are available by curbside transaction and on a limited schedule at the Central Coast Ranger District office in Waldport and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Office in Reedsport.

For more information or to purchase permits by phone, contact our offices or visit our website.
Waldport office at 541-563-8400 (8:30 - 3:30 M-F)
Reedsport office at 541-271-600 (8:30 - 3:30 M-F)
https://go.usa.gov/xfWwY

[Image: Salal, one of many special forest products available seasonally with a special forest products permit.]

A temporary closure has been established at an area west of Sand Beach Campground in Sand Lake. Recently biologists disc...
07/02/2020

A temporary closure has been established at an area west of Sand Beach Campground in Sand Lake.

Recently biologists discovered a new snowy plover nesting site with chicks! Visitors are allowed to walk on the wet sand in the closure area but all other recreation activities are prohibited including dog walking and flying kites. This area is outside of the OHV riding area.

Siuslaw National Forest's cover photo
07/01/2020

Siuslaw National Forest's cover photo

“Fireworks pose a serious fire threat,” said Fire Staff Officer Ed Hiatt. “People often assume the restrictions apply ju...
07/01/2020

“Fireworks pose a serious fire threat,” said Fire Staff Officer Ed Hiatt. “People often assume the restrictions apply just to forested areas, but they also include campgrounds and sparsely vegetated areas you can find along the coast." Visit: https://go.usa.gov/xwt6Z to learn more.

Your Northwest Forests
06/29/2020

Your Northwest Forests

Portland, Ore. – Fire officials remind all those headed out to public lands this Fourth of July weekend to leave fireworks at home and take other precautions to prevent wildfire.

“National forest lands are a great place to celebrate, but please help us protect public lands this Independence Day and everyday,” said Glenn Casamassa, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “A spark can ignite a wildfire in just moments, and with this summer’s drought conditions in many areas, we ask everyone to be extra vigilant and follow safety precautions to prevent human-caused wildfires.”

Fireworks are prohibited on national forests at all times, regardless of weather or conditions. Fireworks are also prohibited on other public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Oregon State Parks, and Washington State Parks, as well as most county and city parks. Violators can be subject to a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail (36 CFR 261.52).

Anyone who starts a wildfire can be held liable for suppression costs.

Visitors are encouraged to take safety precautions with campfires, such as the following:

Observe any restrictions on campfires or other activities that are known to spark wildfires. Check with your destination before you leave the house, and keep an eye out for signs or kiosks on site when you arrive. Restrictions vary depending on local conditions and may be posted with little advance notice.
Keep campfires small and select sites away from flammable material, preferably in a designated campfire ring if one is available.
Keep water and shovel nearby, and never leave a fire unattended.
Completely extinguish your campfire by drowning the fire with water and stirring with a shovel.
Confirm the fire is out by touching it with the back of your hand – if it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.
Unattended campfires are the most common source of human-caused wildfires on public landscapes. Nationally, nearly nine out of ten wildfires are human-caused through debris burning, equipment sparks, campfires, and other means.

For those staying home to celebrate, remember to play it safe and help prevent fires from escaping your lands. Prepare a bucket of water or keep a garden hose nearby before lighting fireworks. Follow the recommended safe distance labeled on the fireworks package. Never re-light a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak unexploded fireworks in water before disposing.

Visit www.SmokeyBear.com for additional fire prevention information and resources.

Contact: Rachel Pawlitz, 541-308-1744, [email protected]

Wondering how to purchase a day use recreation pass to visit one of the many open recreation sites on the forest while o...
06/25/2020
Recreation.gov

Wondering how to purchase a day use recreation pass to visit one of the many open recreation sites on the forest while our offices remain closed? 🤔

No worries! Day use recreation passes can now be purchased online and printed from home!

Some popular sites on the Siuslaw that a require a valid recreation pass include:

➡️ OHV staging areas and trailheads at Sand Lake and Oregon Dunes

➡️ Marys Peak Day Use Area

➡️ Trailheads and day use areas at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

➡️ Drift Creek Falls Trailhead

Purchase and print your pass here: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74427

Recreation.gov is your source for discovering and experiencing America's federal recreation activities and outdoor adventures.

UPDATE: This Thursday, June 25th, Sand Lake Recreation Area will open at noon. There is an important change for visitors...
06/23/2020

UPDATE: This Thursday, June 25th, Sand Lake Recreation Area will open at noon. There is an important change for visitors to be aware of:

- Reservations are now needed at Sandbeach campground (left upon entry)

- East Dunes, West Winds and sand camping will remain first come, first serve (right upon entry)

To make your reservation at Sandbeach visit: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/231978?q=Sandbeach

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3200 Southwest Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR
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Any update on when Siuslaw National Forest campgrounds might be opening?
When will Oregon Dunes Loop Trail #1334 be open for day use?
Just wondering if florence dunes are open yet
How about boat ramps?
When are you going to open boat ramps between Florence and Coos Bay?
Open our dunes if they can golf go to wine tasting rooms and eat in restaurants we should be able to ride. Open our dunes
Why do you still have these closure signs and rope up. They are like trash to me and you are scaring people.
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Banshee Hill under a double rainbow in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Winchester Bay.