Welcome to Malheur National Forest
The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. The diverse and beautiful scenery of the forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, and the hidden gems of alpine lakes and meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754 meters) top of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountain range extends east to west through the center of the forest.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, September 17th, the Malheur National Forest will change to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) II and Phase A of Public Use Restrictions (PURs).
Under Phase A of Public Use Restrictions, Chainsaws may be operated between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time. A one hour fire watch is required after saw operation has ceased. Saw operators are required to have an axe (minimum 2 lb head, 26" length), shovel (8" wide, 26" length), and fire extinguisher (minimum ABC 8 oz) in their possession. Campfires allowed only in fire pits surrounded by dirt, rock or commercial rings and in areas not conducive to rapid fire spread, at a minimum clear of all flammable material within a radius of 3 feet from the edge of the pit and free of overhanging material. Use existing pits wherever possible. Campfires must be attended at all times and stone cold out before leaving the area. Portable cook stoves using liquefied or bottled gas and wood burning stoves equipped with a chimney that is at least five (5) feet in length with a spark-arresting screen consisting of 1/4 inch mesh hardware cloth are allowed. Use of charcoal briquettes is permitted under the same restrictions as campfires as described above. Smoking allowed only in enclosed vehicles and buildings, developed recreation sites, or cleared areas. No off-road/off-trail vehicle travel or travel on roads not cleared of standing grass or other flammable material; no vehicle travel on those Forest Service roads where access has been impeded.
Forest Road Conditions: Know before you go!
The condition of forest roads can change dramatically without warning; wind, snow and rain events can have substantial and detrimental effects on road and trail conditions causing hazards and obstructions to travel. It is advisable to consult your local ranger district office before your trip.
Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan
Aquatic Restoration Information
Eastside Restoration in the Blue Mountains
Across the Pacific Northwest, there is broad public support for actively managing forests to be more resilient to the uncertainties of climate change and the effects of insect outbreaks, disease, and destructive wildfires that follow decades of fire suppression in fire-dependent forests.
However, the current rate of restoration is not keeping pace with forest growth. Unless we do some things differently, acres in need of restoration will continue to out-pace restoration accomplishments.