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Tillamook State Forest
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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.

History[edit]

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.

Operations[edit]

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]

References[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". Council of Forest Trust Land Counties. Oregon Department of Forestry. November 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tillamook State Forest at Wikimedia Commons


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Portland Tribune

Portland Tribune
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 00:52:30 -0700

Old-growth trees are rare in the Tillamook State Forest, however, as most were lost to the Tillamook Burn, a series of devastating wildfires in the 1930s. The new concept sets a goal of establishing a habitat conservation plan that would allow forest ...

Statesman Journal

Statesman Journal
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Ten years ago Friday, a 31-year-old hunter walked into the brush of the Tillamook State Forest and disappeared. Jeromy Childress hasn't been seen since. Childress, described as an experienced hunter, was out in the rugged, treacherous terrain of the ...

Newzjunky.com

Newzjunky.com
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 03:30:00 -0700

The Republican candidate, Mr. Bocciolatt, said although he worked in a city of over half a million in population, the greater Portland area includes Tillamook State Forest and Mt. Hood. He recalled chasing a black bear from street to street out of a ...

The Oregonian - OregonLive.com

The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:01:51 -0700

The magnets are for machinery fragments. He might've needed them in 1933, when the Tillamook Burn ran rampant through the same woods, the area now protected as the Tillamook State Forest. As the story goes, a steel logging cable sparked a fallen tree, ...

KOIN.com

KOIN.com
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:29:42 -0700

The search effort originally centered around Timber Road, but moved further west once Hill's grey Dodge pickup truck was located on North Wolf Creed Rd. off of US Hwy 26 northeast of Tillamook State Forest. Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said ...
 
The Oregonian - OregonLive.com
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:18:36 -0700

"In July, our crews responded to the Tillamook State Forest to assist a Washington County, Oregon Surveyor named Dennis Keister who had fallen approximately 30 feet and become badly injured. During the rescue, a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the U.S. ...
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