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.
The Malheur National Forest is a place of remote and rugged beauty. With 2 designated wilderness areas; 1 national scenic area; 1 designated state bikeway; multiple scenic byways; thousands of miles of forest roads; and hundreds of peaks, streams, and alpine lakes - the Malheur National Forest has a spectacular adventure waiting for everyone.
Keep in mind the Malheur National Forest is exceptionally remote. Come prepared and self-sufficient. Route finding is necessary when exploring much of the forest, including many designated trails. Wildfires are common throughout late summer and early fall, so please, check with Forest staff for updates and restrictions.
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Download FREE US Geologic Survey Quadrangle Maps for the entire Malheur National Forest:
Every Kid In a Park
Learn more about the Every Kid in a Park Program. Stop by a US Forest Service or National Park Service office near you to get your fourth grader a FREE National Park Lands Pass.
Celebrate National Public Land's Day!
The Malheur National Forest will host a volunteer project on the 24th, targeting the previously unmaintained Reynolds Creek Trail #264 on the Prairie City Ranger District located just off of Forest Road 2635, in section 22. Project work will include clearing roughly 1.8 miles of trail through brush work and tread work. The event is planned to begin at 10:00 a.m., meeting at the trailhead. For further information, contact Susan Garner at 541-575-3039. Following the trail work, a barbecue and interpretive talks are planned for the volunteers.
With recent damp weather and predicted additional moisture, districts across the forest will begin reducing their fire restrictions.
Beginning Tuesday, September 20th, the North half of the Malheur will reduce the Industrial Fire Precaution Level to Level I as well as Seasonal Public Use Restrictions. This means, for the North half of the Malheur only, campfires are permitted and firewood cutting is allowed all day with a valid personal use fuelwood permit, followed by a 1-hour fire watch.
The fire danger rating will also lower to MODERATE. When a moderate fire danger rating exists, fires start easily and spread at a moderate rate.
Effective Wednesday, September 21th, the South half of the Malheur will reduce Seasonal Public Use Restrictions, however the Industrial Fire Precaution Level will remain at II. With this, campfires are allowed, however wood cutting is only allowed until 1 p.m.
The fire danger rating will remain at HIGH, meaning fires start easily and spread at a fast rate.
The North and South halves of the forest are divided by district boundary lines, shown on most maps. The North consisting of the Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts, and the South the Emigrant Creek Ranger District.
Canyon Creek Complex Malheur National Forest-Overview and Frequently Asked Questions
The Canyon Creek Complex Overview and Frequently Asked Questions Report provides a narrative timeline of key events that occurred during the Canyon Creek Complex Fire as well as answer to the most frequently asked questions about the incident. Also included is an overview of the 2015 wildfire season across the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Region. Regional context is provided to explain when and why firefighting resources were limited—as well as the impacts of those limitations.
Full Document: Canyon Creek Complex, Malheur National Forest Overview & Frequently Asked Questions
Video: Fuel Treatment Effectiveness Review of the Canyon Creek Complex on the Malheur National Forest
Canyon Creek Complex Closure Order Rescinded
Forest officials will terminate the Canyon Creek Complex closure order effective Friday, September 16, 2016. This reopens the area and affected roads to public use. Fire officials ask that the public uses caution when traveling in the burned area. Be alert for hazards such as snag trees, slick ash, and erosion. Hazard tree removal has been done along road right of ways. During wind events, an increase in snags falling may occur within the burn perimeter.
The Rail Fire Closure impacts areas of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest to the East and North of the NF-13/NF-16 Rd. junction around the Monument Rock Wilderness. As of 10/01/2016 all fire impacted areas of Malheur National Forest, including the Monument Rock Wilderness, are OPEN - however - visitors should anticipate fire scaring and downed trees. Be mindful of where you hike and camp as tree fall is prevalent.
For info on prescribed burns please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4725/
Relive the history the Ah Heng Mining Complex
2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 signed by President Johnson (amended in 2014). Passage of the Act was a watershed event that marked a fundamental shift in how Americans and the federal government regarded the role of historic preservation in modern life. The Act established the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archeology.
The Malheur National Forest is using an integrated approach to manage invasive plants, which includes prevention; manual, mechanical, herbicide, biological control and cultural treatments; and restoration work. Help stop the spread of invasives by learning more - Click the banner above.
The Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (the Blue Mountains National Forests) have combined efforts to revise their land and resource management plans (Forest Plans). Forest Plans describe the social, economic, and ecological goals of National Forests and provide frameworks for future management decisions. Learn how you can be get involved by clicking the banner above.
The Malheur National Forest proposes aquatic restoration where restoration activities would aid in the recovery of aquatic species and impaired water bodies. By clicking the banner above you can learn more about specific projects currently underway and those which have been proposed on your National Forest.
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.
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) is made up of two parts, one being the Malheur National Forest Strategic Plan, which has identified specific priorities on the forest. The second portion of input comes from two established forest collaborative groups.
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