Welcome to Malheur National Forest


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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.

Economic Activity From The Malheur 10-Year Stewardship Contract: 2015–2017

10-Year Stewardship haulingIn September of 2013, the US Forest Service awarded a 10-year stewardship contract for restoration work on Malheur National Forest. The contract’s goals were to promote ecological restoration, reduced wildfire risk, and economic vitality in Grant and Harney counties. The duration of this contract was expected to provide greater certainty and consistency in the offering of restoration work and timber volume. The Forest Service used anticipated local economic benefit as a criterion in selecting the contract awardee. The contract was developed through partnership with two local forest collaborative groups, the Blue Mountains Forest Partners and Harney County Restoration Collaborative. This fact sheet analyzes some of the economic activity in Grant and Harney counties associated with work under the contract in years 2015 through 2017.


Forest Conditions: Know before you go!

It's always a "good time" to get out to enjoy and recreate on your national forest!  While it is still technically winter, the weather in the Pacific Northwest has been realitviely mild. That doesn't mean winter is over and we won't have any more winter storms pass through. Whether you ski, snowmobile, sled or snowshoe always be prepared for changing winter weather conditions.  The condition of forest roads during the winter and early spring can change dramatically without warning; wind, snow and rain events can have substantial effects on road and trail conditions causing hazards and obstructions to travel. Be sure to plan ahead and prepare for your trip to ensure the best possible time for you and others who will be sharing the snow with you.

Be prepared for Winter Recreation, and remember: Winter on the Malheur; Snowmobiling is just one of the many hobbies of forest visitors in the winter

  • Conditions change quickly
  • Days are short; dark comes early
  • Forest Service does NOT plow roads or clear them for downed trees or boulders in winter
  • Use caution when driving unmaintained roads, as snow can limit ability to turn around
  • Check with Oregon Department of Transportation for travel conditions and other vehicle safety tips.
    Oregon Department of Transportation TripCheck site

For information on current forest road conditions, please contact your local Ranger District office before heading out.


Facilities Master Plan

The Forest is inviting and encouraging the public to actively participate in the review of the Draft Facilities Master Plans.

The Facility Master Plan (FMP) is an inventory of the Recreation, Fire, Administration and Other facilities located on a National Forest. Forests use these documents to help guide the Forest in needs for facilities. It is used to document deferred maintenance, decommissions, and acquisition needs.  The plan is also used to help acquire additional funds from the Region and Washington offices for large projects.

We will be requesting comments on the draft document, which has been developed by a contractor.  Comments will be considered in our decision to finalize the document. The Forest is asking for your input as stakeholders and public with ties to the history of these buildings to help us develop a strategy from your perspective and together develop mutually beneficial outcomes.

  1. Malheur NF Facilities Master Plan Slide Presentation
  2. DRAFT Facility Master Plan | Malheur National Forest
  3. DRAFT Recreation Facility Master Plan | Malheur National Forest
  4. COMMENT FORM | Malheur NF Facilities Master Plan
  5. NEWS RELEASE: Malheur National Forest encouraging your input on Upcoming Facilities Master Planning


Draft Baseline Open Transportation Maps

Image of multiple quad riders driving down a dirt road in a heavily wooded areaIn the spring of 2018, the Malheur National Forest will be starting the travel management planning process. The maps posted below are not official Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM). They are “DRAFT Baseline OPEN Transportation Maps”, representing only the Forest Service roads that are shown as open to motorized use in the Malheur National Forest Database. The public is encouraged to become familiar with the maps and utilize them to field verify if they represent routes currently used. 

Allowable use of roads by ATVs on Malheur National Forest