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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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201 news items

Pamplin Media Group
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:00:00 -0700

Fires started by target shooters in the Tillamook State Forest this summer have burned 74 acres of forestland, prompted evacuations and cost $500,000 to fight, according to Mike Cafferata, Oregon Department of Forestry District Forester in Forest Grove.


Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:06:12 -0700

Browns Camp in the Tillamook State Forest. It's a really popular destination for campers... but the ban also affects ATVs and other off road vehicles. So Tuesday was a bit of a disappointment for one man in particular who drove across the state... only ...
Lincoln City News Guard
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:23:59 -0700

Campfires are again allowed effective Saturday, Aug. 29, on Tillamook State Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Tillamook County Parks in designated campgrounds and sites only, according to a release from the Oregon Forestry Department issued ...


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 ...

Pamplin Media Group

Pamplin Media Group
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:37:30 -0700

More than 80 years after the first in a series of wildfires that devastated Tillamook State Forest land, local residents will have an opportunity to learn about how the largely man-made forest bounced back and what the future of the woods looks like.


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

Among the first recreationists to rediscover the Tillamook State Forest were ATV (all-terrain vehicles) and other off-road riders. Mud, dust, blackened snags . . . they just wanted a place to ride. They still have it and, with 250 miles of OHV (off ...
Daily Astorian
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 08:33:45 -0700

Eighty-two years ago Friday, a steel cable dragging a Douglas fir rubbed against a snag and sparked a fire in Gales Creek Canyon. Thus began the Tillamook Burn, a series of wildfires that destroyed more than 350,000 acres of old-growth timber.


Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:26:15 -0700

The fires "prompted evacuations, burned 74 acres of the Tillamook State Forest and other forestland and cost [about] $500,000 in suppression costs," Cafferta said in a news release. Bullets that struck the backstops of targets ignited the fires when ...

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