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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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Tillamook County Pioneer

Tillamook County Pioneer
Tue, 05 Apr 2016 19:18:41 -0700

By Tony Andersen. TILLAMOOK, Ore. – Nathan Seable scans the valley as he stands on a hill above the South Fork Forest Camp in a remote area of the Tillamook State Forest. Below us, people in uniform and prison garb stay busy with their daily routines.

Tillamook County Pioneer

Tillamook County Pioneer
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 07:26:15 -0700

A thinning project in the Tillamook State Forest. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Forestry) Click to enlarge. TILLAMOOK, Ore. – From now through 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20, Oregonians are welcome to weigh in on the Oregon Department of ...


Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:07:30 -0700

We traveled to the nearby Tillamook State Forest where springtime leafy edibles were easy to find, such as lemony cascade sorrel or salmonberry blossoms or lady fern fiddle heads. Kallas cautioned that knowing exactly what you harvest is critical for ...

Gales Creek Journal

Gales Creek Journal
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:56:15 -0800

Timber – On April 30th and May 1st of 2016, up to 200 long distance runners will take to the trails and logging roads of the Tillamook State Forest, testing their speed against other competitors and the rugged terrain of the Tillamook Forest. The ...


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

That story is well told at the Tillamook Forest Center, located along Oregon 6 (the Wilson River Highway) and one of the best interpretive centers of its kind in Oregon. Among the first recreationists to rediscover the Tillamook State Forest were ATV ...


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 ...


Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:41:13 -0700

Another wildfire in the Tillamook State Forest is more than 75 percent contained according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Sunset Grade Fire burned through 30 acres before firefighters could contain the blaze. Firefighters working to keep the ...


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 ...

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