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.
For public and firefighter safety, an area closure around Monument Rock Wilderness Area, as well as multiple roads including Forest Road 13 have been closed during suppression efforts on the Rail Fire.
Click here for current news on the Rail Fire located southwest of Unity, OR
Current Fire Danger Ratings for the Malheur NF
As of Wednesday, August 24, 2016 the Malheur National Forest will be under Phase C of public use restrictions and at Industrial Fire Precaution 4 (IFPL IV), due to extreme fire danger, the potential for human caused fires, and concern for public safety. Public Use Restrictions Phase C Poster
Campfires are not allowed and chainsaw use is not permitted.
Looking for a map of wildfire locations, containment levels, acreage, and more? Checkout Wild Fires Near Me
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 and Frequently Asked Questions
Take a Virtual Tour of the Sumpter Valley Railroad Interpretive Site
Relive the history of the Dixie Pass, part of the Sumpter Valley Railroad 1890 to 1947
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 a place of remote and rugged beauty. With 1.7 million acres of public land; 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 most designated trails. Wildfires are common throughout late summer and early fall, so please, check with Forest staff for updates and restrictions.
Click the banners below to start planning for your next adventure.
Click below to download FREE US Geologic Survey Quadrangle Maps for the entire Malheur National Forest.
Every Kid In a Park
Click the banner above to 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.
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.
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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