A Forest Under Magone Lake

Perhaps you may have heard about a forest of trees under Magone Lake?

Magone Lake was formed in the early 1800s when a massive landside dammed Lake Creek; the lake has been a popular destination for many decades.

Malheur National Forest Timber Sales Contribute to Local Economy

Efforts include danger tree mitigation

10-Year Stewardship hauling

Truckloads of logs rolling through local communities are a common sight as logging operations continue on the Malheur National Forest.

RMEF Land Protection Project: Headwaters of the John Day, Oregon

In the summer of 2014, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Malheur National Forest celebrated one of the largest land acquisitions in the history of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service.

10-Year Stewardship Contract resulted in $2.16 million of economic activity

First Year of Malheur 10-Year Stewardship Contract resulted in $2.16 million of economic activity

In September 2013, the US Forest Service awarded a 10-year stewardship contract on the Malheur National Forest. This contract has received significant attention because of its duration and the local benefits it is expected to provide in Grant and Harney counties. It is also one of the first projects implemented as part of the Forest Service’s Eastside Restoration Strategy. A study by Ecosystem Workforce Program (University of Oregon) found that the first year of the contract resulted in $2.16 million in economic activity, supported 101 private sector jobs, and provided new optimism for local businesses in Grant County.

The Malheur National Forest: An Overview

The Malheur Forest was named for the Malheur River which has its headwaters in the southeastern part of the Forest. The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. The Forest is managed for a variety of uses including livestock grazing, minerals and energy production, wood products, hunting and fishing and other recreational opportunities. The Forest and its many resources have played an important role in the development of local communities, a role that continues today.

Canyon Creek Complex: Initial Attack

A chronological story of the Canyon Creek Complex

Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

The purpose of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes.

Visit this site to find out all you need to know about the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program, including the latest CFLR 5-Year Report

A Piece of History Departs Harney County for Forest Service Museum

On April 19, 2016 an antique Trail Beetle Tractor departed Harney County in route to the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula, MT for display.

In Brief project news

In Brief, July Edition ~ An informational update of Malheur National Forest projects.

Harney County Restoration Collaborative Brings Diverse Stakeholders Together

Efforts are crucial to the increased pace and scale of restoration on the Malheur National Forest

Seeking the Greatest Good with Forest Communities

There will be a lot of opportunity for involvement in planning on your National Forest in the future. One such meeting on the Starr Aspen and Big Mosquito projects is planned for April 15, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Grant County Airport, 720 Airport Road John Day, OR. District staff will share project information, answer questions and accept comments.

“We have set these meetings up to gather the knowledge and wishes of local community members,” said Blue Mountain District Ranger, Dave Halemeier.  “Through these meetings we hope to clarify the intent of the proposed projects and further define potential projects that are important to our community.” 

Planning and Program of Work

Malheur National Forest 10 Year Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy

Forest Accomplishment Report FY 2014

Please take a look at our accomplisments during Fiscal Year 2014.  From initiating trail-blazing forest management porjects, to working in support of community infrastructure, to continuing fish and wildlife restoration, the Malheur National Forest has a lot to share from last year.

Headwaters of the John Day No Longer a Checkerboard

On Thursday, July 10, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Malheur National Forest celebrated one of the largest land acquisitions in the history of the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service. 

Motorized Access on Your Malheur National Forest

In November 2005, the U.S. Forest Service published the “Final Travel Management Rule,” which directs all National Forests to designate a system of roads, trails and areas for motorized vehicle use.

The Malheur National Forest currently has about 6,000 miles of roads and trails available for motorized vehicle use.

Malheur Access and Travel Management Update-  January 2013


The forest received nearly $28 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which is providing an opportunity to make a difference in our communities and lands we manage.