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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.


Springtime Forest Conditions: Know before you go!

It's always a "good time" to get out to enjoy and recreate on your national forest!  Springtime weather in the Pacific Northwest is ever changing and we could still have winter storms pass through. Always be prepared for changing weather conditions. The condition of forest roads during the 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.

Be prepared for springtime conditions, and remember:

  • Conditions change quickly
  • Forest Service does not plow forest roads or clear them for downed trees or boulders in winter.
  • Use caution when driving unmaintained roads, as wet snow and mud can limit ability to navigate and 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.

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.

Draft Baseline Open Transportation Maps

Image of multiple quad riders driving down a dirt road in a heavily wooded areaIn 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


Recent News


  • Timber Sales

    Timber Sales: The Forest reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

    Hop DxD Reoffer Sale: is located within T17S R29E Sec 15,22,23,27,33,34,35,36; T18S R29E Sec 2,3,4,5,8,9. The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Malheur National Forest, Supervisor's Office at 10:00 AM local time on 04/25/2018.

    ECC Sale: The ECC Sale is located within T 19S R 26E section 29, T 18S R 32E section 23, T 20S R 31E sections 27 and 34, and T 20S R 31E section 23. The Forest Service will receive sealed bids in public at Malheur National Forest, Supervisor's Office at 10:00 AM local time on 05/02/2018.

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