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Tillamook State Forest
Tillamook District
Type Public, state
Location Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°32′21″N 123°17′20″W / 45.539278°N 123.289001°W / 45.539278; -123.289001Coordinates: 45°32′21″N 123°17′20″W / 45.539278°N 123.289001°W / 45.539278; -123.289001
Area 364,000 acres (1,470 km2)
Created 1973
Operated by Oregon Department of Forestry

The Tillamook State Forest is a 364,000 acres (1,470 km2) publicly owned forest in the U.S. state of Oregon. Managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry, it is located 40 miles (64 km) west of Portland in the Northern Oregon Coast Range, and spans Washington, Tillamook, Yamhill, and Clatsop counties. The forest receives large amounts of precipitation and is dominated by Douglas-fir trees. Activities include commercial logging, recreation, and other commercial resource extraction activities such as mushroom hunting.


The area was extensively burned in a series of forest fires starting in 1933 which are now called the Tillamook Burn. The forest was replanted from 1949 to 1973 in the largest reforestation project of its kind. On July 18, 1973, Oregon governor Tom McCall officially designated it a State Forest.


The forest's recreation sites include campgrounds, hiking and backpacking trails, fishing, swimming and an interpretative center. Some of the trails are open to horses and pack animals, mountain bikes and motorized vehicles in various combinations. In 2006, the Tillamook Forest Center opened on Oregon Route 6 between Portland and Tillamook. The Forest Center's features include a short film about the Tillamook Burn,[1] and a suspension bridge crossing the Wilson River. With exhibits designed by AldrichPears Associates and architecture by MillerHull Partnership, the Center won the Oregon Tourism Achievement Award in 2007.[2]

Commercial activities include timber harvesting managed by the Department of Forestry that benefits county governments.[3] In addition to logging, other commercial activities include mushroom hunting, and moss and salal harvesting.[4] The forest is managed by the department's Forest Grove and Tillamook districts.[4]

Tillamook state forest - logging area

Tillamook Rainforest[edit]

The Tillamook Rainforest is a temperate rainforest located in the Coast Range of northwestern Oregon, United States, between Hillsboro and Tillamook in Washington and Tillamook counties. Part of the forest is administered as part of the Tillamook State Forest.

The Tillamook Rainforest is one of the wettest areas of the United States, with parts getting more than 100 inches (2,500 mm) of rain.[citation needed] The higher elevations also receive a lot of snow.[5]

The western part of the forest has coastal varieties of trees, while the east is dominated by Douglas-fir. Much of the forest is young, as early deforestation was rampant[citation needed] and the Tillamook Burn, a large wildfire, passed through the area in 1933.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Via Magazine
  2. ^ Oregon Department of Forestry
  3. ^ Profita, Cassandra (September 5, 2008). "Forest leaders challenge notions about logging". The Daily Astorian. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  4. ^ a b "State Forester's report for the Associated Oregon Counties" (PDF). Council of Forest Trust Land Counties. Oregon Department of Forestry. November 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

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Bend Bulletin

Bend Bulletin
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:03:45 -0800

During a visit to the Tillamook State Forest this year she saw a place were people were target shooting; then mountain bikers and a log truck passed safely behind them. A similar scene of mixed recreation could someday take place in the Gilchrist. “It ...


Sun, 14 Jun 2015 09:46:42 -0700

TILLAMOOK FOREST, Ore. -- A wildfire in the Tillamook State Forest has burned about 35 acres northwest of Banks. The fire began late Saturday afternoon and burned overnight. About 60 firefighters were fighting the flames and wind. There was a ...


Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:02:06 -0700

The Tillamook State Forest? Yes, the Tilly isn't as bad as it once was, for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The Tillamook, of course, is best known as the location of major recurring forest fires, beginning in the 1933s and continuing ...


Tue, 09 Jun 2015 11:11:15 -0700

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) recently announced in a news release the completion of two new off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail bridges on Julies Trail in the Tillamook State Forest. To benefit both fish habitats and off-road enthusiasts, the ...

Tillamook County Pioneer

Tillamook County Pioneer
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:49:01 -0700

The following is a news release from Tillamook Fire District regarding an incident that occurred on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Tillamook State Forest: TILLAMOOK, Ore. – At approximately 5:10 p.m., Tillamook Fire District and two Tillamook Ambulances were ...


Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:52:56 -0700

(KOIN 6) — The bodies of two missing campers were found Friday night several hundred feet down a steep hillside in the Tillamook State Forest. Justin Norton and Nicholas Santangelo were both ejected from their SUV, Tillamook County Sheriff Andy Long ...


Sat, 11 Jul 2015 06:02:58 -0700

The Tillamook State Forest? Yes, the Tilly isn't as bad as it once was, for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The Tillamook, of course, is best known as the location of major recurring forest fires, beginning in the 1933s and continuing ...

Statesman Journal

Statesman Journal
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:48:45 -0700

High fire danger has triggered an off-highway vehicle prohibition on areas of the Tillamook State Forest by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Trails affected by the OHV ban are the Browns Camp, Jordan Creek, Diamond Mill and Trask as well as trails in ...

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