U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

We are pleased to announce the Willamette National Forest’s Sweet Home Ranger District will be providing the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and 75 smaller companion trees to adorn the Capitol buildings in Washington, DC for the 2018 holiday season. A gift from the Willamette National Forest and the State of Oregon to the people of the United States, the tree will be displayed on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a public tree-lighting ceremony in early December 2018.  Make an ornament for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree!

Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours

Come explore the beautiful Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest! The Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours offer incredible opportunities to learn about the plants, animals, geology and cultural history of the Sweet Home area, located on the edges of the Willamette Valley and within the spectacular Cascade Mountains.

Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours will take you to the out-of-the-way spots with a friendly group to explore, learn and have a wonderful time while coming to appreciate why the Sweet Home area is such a special place. Whether you’re a budding naturalist or a long-time explorer of Pacific Northwest, Sweet Home Nature and Heritage Tours will be an experience you will long remember...learn more

Preserving Wilderness Character: Balancing Increasing Visitor Use with Impacts

Over the past year, resource specialists from the Deschutes and Willamette National Forest have been analyzing a range of management approaches for the Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington, Three Sisters, Diamond Peak and Waldo Lake Wilderness areas. The project, called the Central Cascades Wilderness Management Strategies Project, is in response to extreme growth in visitor use and the resulting impacts to the wilderness landscapes in some portions of these wilderness areas…learn more

Watershed Restoration

We are working to restore the ecological health of watersheds and aquatic and riparian ecosystems to maintain and support biological diversity, threatened and endangered species and habitats, and spawning and rearing habitat for fish and other aquatic species. Close coordination between partners, watershed councils, and landowners is a critical part of our restoration projects...Learn more

A Winter Wonderland of Adventure

Winter fun can be found from every direction! Santiam Pass and Willamette Pass are the main winter recreation areas for winter sports on the forest. Activities radiate from the sno-parks in each area. You can find cross-county ski trails, snowmobile trails and places for sledding and snow play...Choose your winter adventure