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.

Operating as usual

Forest Service researchers discovered that bat wings can be used to identify individual bats—much like human fingerprint...
10/31/2020

Forest Service researchers discovered that bat wings can be used to identify individual bats—much like human fingerprints! #BatWeek

(Photo credit: The Nature Conservancy)

Love to sleep? So do bats! Some bats hibernate and are capable of reducing their metabolic, heart, and respiratory rates...
10/30/2020

Love to sleep? So do bats! Some bats hibernate and are capable of reducing their metabolic, heart, and respiratory rates to conserve energy. When bats are hibernating or when temperatures are very low, bats enter torpor. Under torpor, their heart rates can drop from 300 to 10 beats per minute and their body temperature may be reduced to 63 °F. #BatWeek

Fun fact: bats can fly up to 60 mph! Bats are the only mammals that are capable of flying. #BatWeek
10/29/2020

Fun fact: bats can fly up to 60 mph! Bats are the only mammals that are capable of flying. #BatWeek

Other than “hanging” out, what’re you doing for #BatWeek? Consider installing bat houses in your community to provide sa...
10/29/2020

Other than “hanging” out, what’re you doing for #BatWeek? Consider installing bat houses in your community to provide safe roosting space for #bats!

(Photo credit: The Nature Conservancy)

Do you have questions about working on public lands? Join our virtual recruitment event TONIGHT, Wednesday, Oct. 28 from...
10/28/2020

Do you have questions about working on public lands? Join our virtual recruitment event TONIGHT, Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5pm-7pm. Have your resume reviewed prior to the Oct. 30 – Nov. 9 hiring window by members of the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, and receive a tutorial on how to navigate USAJobs. Register for the Zoom meeting at publiclands2021.eventbrite.com.

The Siuslaw National Forest is pleased to welcome Bill Conroy as the new Hebo District Ranger. Bill comes most recently ...
10/27/2020

The Siuslaw National Forest is pleased to welcome Bill Conroy as the new Hebo District Ranger. Bill comes most recently from the Fremont-Winema National Forest in south-central Oregon.

“We’re excited to have Bill join our team,” said Robert Sanchez, forest supervisor. “I’m impressed by Bill’s extensive experience working with partners, collaborative groups, and stakeholders to find creative solutions to challenges faced by land managers and local communities. His knowledge of river and forest restoration practices also makes him a great fit for our team.”

To read the full article visit: https://go.usa.gov/x7TCz

10/27/2020
Ranger Tommy & Sunny the Bat Pt. 1

Did you know that brown bats can eat up to 1,000 insects in just one hour? Join Ranger Tommy as he and his friend Sunny the Bat kick off #batweek by sharing some bat-tastic facts and debunk common myths about bats.

Dreaming of working along the beautiful Oregon coast? Tired of sitting in virtual classes and meetings? Join the Siuslaw...
10/23/2020

Dreaming of working along the beautiful Oregon coast? Tired of sitting in virtual classes and meetings? Join the Siuslaw National Forest’s team this summer and gain valuable work experience in one of our 60+ seasonal positions in fields such as recreation, natural resources, timber, and visitor services. Apply between Oct. 30 – Nov. 9 on www.usajobs.gov. Visit go.usa.gov/x7Ysq for more information.

¿Busca un trabajo de verano? ¿Quiere obtener una valiosa experiencia laboral mientras sirve a su comunidad? Siuslaw Nati...
10/21/2020

¿Busca un trabajo de verano? ¿Quiere obtener una valiosa experiencia laboral mientras sirve a su comunidad? Siuslaw National Forest está buscando contratar 60+ puestos temporales en el verano de 2021 en campos como recreación, recursos naturales, trabajos con madera y servicios para visitantes. Aplicar entre el 30 de octubre y el 9 de noviembre en la página web www.usajobs.gov. Visite go.usa.gov/x7Cvc para obtener más información.

Have questions about how to apply for seasonal positions? Join our virtual recruitment event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from ...
10/16/2020

Have questions about how to apply for seasonal positions? Join our virtual recruitment event on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5pm-7pm. Members of the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service will be available to review your resume and get you ready to apply for summer jobs during the Oct. 30 – Nov. 9 hiring window. Register for the Zoom meeting at publiclands2021.eventbrite.com.

Opportunity alert! 🚨 Looking for a summer job? Want to gain valuable work experience while serving your community? The S...
10/15/2020

Opportunity alert! 🚨 Looking for a summer job? Want to gain valuable work experience while serving your community? The Siuslaw National Forest is looking to hire 60+ seasonal positions for the summer of 2021 in fields such as recreation, natural resources, timber, and visitor services. Apply between Oct. 30-Nov. 9 on www.usajobs.gov. Visit fs.usda.gov/main/r6/jobs for more information.

Didn't get a chance to gather those matsutake mushrooms yet? There's still time! Call our office at 541-271-6000 to set ...
10/06/2020
Siuslaw National Forest - Forest Products Permits

Didn't get a chance to gather those matsutake mushrooms yet? There's still time! Call our office at 541-271-6000 to set up an appointment for one of our 15 remaining commercial-use permits. Learn more at our website go.usa.gov/xGMCm.

No permit or fee is required for quantities less than one gallon. If collecting more than a gallon - even if only for personal use - a permit is required.

Heads up if you’re headed to the Oregon Dunes South Riding Area this week – the Coos Bay UTV Takeover event (Oct 7 – 11)...
10/05/2020

Heads up if you’re headed to the Oregon Dunes South Riding Area this week – the Coos Bay UTV Takeover event (Oct 7 – 11) means some recreation sites may be congested and a few will be reserved for event-goers and organizers. See below for details and please plan accordingly.

Recreation sites that will remain OPEN for public use:
Horsfall Beach Campground and Day Use Area
Bull Run Staging Area
Wild Mare Campground
Bluebill Trailhead
Hauser and Horsfall access points (expect congestion here as these points also serve as event check-in points)
Middle and north riding areas

Recreation sites within event area that require an event wristband for entry:
Horsfall Campground
Horsfall Day Use
Hauser access point

Recreation sites closed for event staging and security:
Old Bark Staging Area
Sand Tracks Day Use Area
Hauser Day Use Area

Our employees have been hard at work clearing trails and recreation sites of hundreds of trees that came down in the Lab...
10/02/2020

Our employees have been hard at work clearing trails and recreation sites of hundreds of trees that came down in the Labor Day wind storm. As of today, most of the trails that had remained closed due to storm damage are now open, with the exception of trails at Cascade Head and the Cape Perpetua Discovery Loop, which have not yet been cleared of downed trees. Other recreation sites are now closed for the season. Before you head out, review our recreation conditions table for the latest on what's open and closed - https://go.usa.gov/xGsfY

10/01/2020
Backyard Birding Event

Have you thought about going birding but have no clue where to start?

Join this year's Field Rangers as we discover the world of birding during our virtual event, Backyard Birding BioBlitz!

Check out this video to learn why birding is important then jump on over to the Facebook event to explore what fun things we have in store for you!

https://fb.me/e/cdyJf412q

This event will be active between Friday Oct. 2nd- Sunday Oct. 4th. Saturday will be the main event where we encourage you to step outside wherever you are and go birding!

09/28/2020
Nature Matters: Part 4

In honor of National Public Lands Day yesterday, we are using this weekend as an outlet to share why nature matters to some of our field rangers. This year, our program was a bit different, as we had field rangers teleworking from all across the country. However, this did not stop their passion to work towards projects they truly care about, in order to conserve our public lands for future generations.

Here is Ranger Reba's take on why nature matters to her.

Nature Matters: Pt. 4

09/27/2020
Nature Matters: Part 3

In honor of National Public Lands Day yesterday, we are using this weekend as an outlet to share why nature matters to some of our field rangers. This year, our program was a bit different, as we had field rangers teleworking from all across the country. However, this did not stop their passion to work towards projects they truly care about, in order to conserve our public lands for future generations.

Here is Ranger Tommy's take on why nature matters to him.

Nature Matters: Pt. 3

09/27/2020
Nature Matters: Part 2

Happy National Public Lands Day!
We are using this weekend as an outlet to share why nature matters to some of our field rangers. This year, our program was a bit different, as we had field rangers teleworking from all across the country. However, this did not stop their passion to work towards projects they truly care about, in order to conserve our public lands for future generations.

Here is Ranger Kevin's take on why nature matters to him.

Nature Matters: Pt. 2

09/26/2020
Nature Matters: Part 1

Happy National Public Lands Day!
We are using this weekend as an outlet to share why nature matters to some of our field rangers. This year, our program was a bit different, as we had field rangers teleworking from all across the country. However, this did not stop their passion to work towards projects they truly care about, in order to conserve our public lands for future generations.

Here is Ranger Gia's take on why nature matters to her.

Nature Matters: Pt. 1

As of noon Thursday most developed recreation sites will be reopening, but some closures remain in place as we work to c...
09/24/2020

As of noon Thursday most developed recreation sites will be reopening, but some closures remain in place as we work to clean up the last of the Labor Day wind storm damage. Thanks to the moist weather we've also lifted all campfire restrictions. Please see our announcement for the complete list of those sites that will remain temporarily closed until further notice. https://go.usa.gov/xGyvX
Picture of trees down on Discovery Loop Trail at Cape Perpetua

Horse Creek North Trailhead is currently inaccessible due to road repairs on Forest Service Road #5087. #KnowBeforeYouGo...
09/19/2020

Horse Creek North Trailhead is currently inaccessible due to road repairs on Forest Service Road #5087. #KnowBeforeYouGo

Horse Creek Trail can still be accessed by Horse Creek South Trail and Harris Ranch Trail from the trailheads off of Forest Service Road 3446.

In case you missed it: The general forest area, which includes those parts of the forest outside of developed recreation...
09/18/2020

In case you missed it: The general forest area, which includes those parts of the forest outside of developed recreation sites, and most forest roads will reopen at noon Friday and are open for activities such as hunting. Most developed recreation sites such as campgrounds, trailheads, and day use sites, including at Marys Peak, will stay closed. At the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, dispersed use will be permitted and some developed day use sites will open; many other day use sites, plus all campgrounds and sand camps, at the dunes will remain closed at this time. The Sand Lake Recreation Area will open, with all campgrounds operating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Officials are preparing to reopen some parts of the Siuslaw National Forest at noon Friday, September 18, as weather patterns help reduce fire danger. Many recreation sites will stay temporarily closed as we deal with wind storm damage, and campfire restrictions remain in place as high fire danger persists.

Before leaving home, visitors must check our website or call to find out which recreation sites are open. Travelers should be prepared to find debris and possibly downed trees on lesser used and spur roads and should be aware of possible hazards, such as dangling limbs, in forested areas.

For more information, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xGnmv

For fire restrictions, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xGnmH

Officials are preparing to reopen some parts of the Siuslaw National Forest at noon Friday, September 18, as weather pat...
09/18/2020

Officials are preparing to reopen some parts of the Siuslaw National Forest at noon Friday, September 18, as weather patterns help reduce fire danger. Many recreation sites will stay temporarily closed as we deal with wind storm damage, and campfire restrictions remain in place as high fire danger persists.

Before leaving home, visitors must check our website or call to find out which recreation sites are open. Travelers should be prepared to find debris and possibly downed trees on lesser used and spur roads and should be aware of possible hazards, such as dangling limbs, in forested areas.

For more information, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xGnmv

For fire restrictions, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xGnmH

Siuslaw National Forest officials are preparing a reopening strategy following the historic windstorm last week and ongo...
09/15/2020

Siuslaw National Forest officials are preparing a reopening strategy following the historic windstorm last week and ongoing extremely high fire danger that necessitated a public safety forest closure. The forest remains closed, but will re-open gradually as health and safety measures are met.

For more details go to: https://go.usa.gov/xGN36

We have a number of employees from the Siuslaw National Forest assisting with the fires throughout the west coast. This ...
09/14/2020

We have a number of employees from the Siuslaw National Forest assisting with the fires throughout the west coast. This has been an unprecedented year and we're so grateful for the patience of the public as we navigate these challenging times together. ❤️

As another day of challenging firefighting begins, crews are confronting 34 large wildfires burning 1,666,534 acres across Oregon & Washington with:

—8,651 Fire personnel
—217 Crews
—609 Engines
—69 Helicopters

Please be safe out there!

09/11/2020
US National Weather Service Portland Oregon

Be aware of community conditions before you travel and only travel if necessary. Check US National Weather Service Portland Oregon for current weather information.

Marine air begins to work inland over the next couple of days with a modest westerly breeze. This will allow air quality and visibilities to begin to improve over northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, as seen in this computer model for today (Friday). Purples depict the densest smoke.

⚠️ Due to significant public safety concerns associated with wind storm damage, extremely high fire danger, and firefigh...
09/09/2020

⚠️ Due to significant public safety concerns associated with wind storm damage, extremely high fire danger, and firefighting limited capacity the Siuslaw National Forest is temporarily closing public access. The closure includes all forest lands, roads, and recreation sites as well the Oregon Dunes and Sand Lake recreation areas. We will continue to re-evaluate the closure as conditions change and we're able to safely address storm damage. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. ⚠️

For more information visit https://go.usa.gov/xGBvf

#KnowBeforeYouGo Multiple large fires and evacuations are taking place near the Willamette National Forest. Please respe...
09/09/2020

#KnowBeforeYouGo Multiple large fires and evacuations are taking place near the Willamette National Forest. Please respect these closures as firefighters and emergency staff work to mitigate these hazards.

⚠️ Due to dynamic fire conditions, ALL recreation offerings across the Willamette National Forest are closed including campgrounds, day use areas, trails, boat ramps, and more. Forest Service roads are closed to visitors unless you are vacating the Forest. ⚠️

High winds have increased fire activity and has caused damage to hundreds of trees, impacting many forest roads and camp...
09/08/2020

High winds have increased fire activity and has caused damage to hundreds of trees, impacting many forest roads and campsites. Please use caution, limit travel unless absolutely necessary, and postpone any fire activity.

Current Closures Effective until Further Notice:
• Hebo Lake Campground and Day Use Area
• Cape Perpetua Campground
• Devils Churn
• Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Parking Lot

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. 🌳

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]

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Why is the gate still up at Bob Creek? This was reported in June 2020 and yet the gate is still there, just north of the bridge at mile post 170.
I had no luck calling, so I'll try FB. I hope to hike Marys Peak from Connors Camp on Tuesday. I know that we must stick to the road for the final push to the top. My question: is the trailhead open for the East Trail? Thanks!
no info on website, any idea when some trails might re-open after the rain friday?
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.
Devils Churn