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.
Partnerships Calm Troubled Waters
Zones of Agreement: Deal-Breakers and Desires
When the timber industry began ebbing in the 1990s, conflicting ideas about public land management at times created tension with forest management goals. By the mid-2000s, beset by court battles, management of the Malheur’s 1.7 million acres had come to a near standstill.
A Grant County commissioner decided to start a conversation among opposing factions, and invited an environmental attorney to meet with residents to find a path toward overcoming disagreement. Out of these meetings, the Blue Mountain Forest Partners (BMFP) collaborative, was officially formed in 2006.
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The Malheur National Forest is increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration with a focus on ecological resilience, economic sustainability, and social agreement. Explore the interactive map below to learn about specific projects. Click the"i" in the upper right hand corner to generate supporting details.
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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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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.
Relive 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.
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.
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.
Effective Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the entire Malheur National Forest will be in Level 1 of Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL).
Seasonal Restrictions of Public Use Restrictions (PURs) will also remain in effect forest-wide.
With this, campfires are allowed across the forest. Please be firewise and make sure your camp fires are extinguished and “dead out” before leaving the area. Firewood cutting is allowed all day with a valid personal use firewood, followed by a 1-hour fire watch.
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 the 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.