OSU Closes McDonald-Dunn Forests to Recreational Use

Today, the Oregon State University College of Forestry closed their McDonald-Dunn Forests to recreational use. There is no indication when they will be reopened.

At 11,000 acres, the forests feature 32 trails for either hiking, biking, running – and some for horseback riding. Just north of Corvallis, these trails attract 155,000 visits a years from locals.

Closure responds to executive order from Gov. Brown: The Oregon State University website says, “Due to the inability of Oregon State University Research Forests staff to ensure OSU, State of Oregon, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines are adhered to by all users, the McDonald and Dunn Forests are closed to all recreation activities, effective immediately.”

Earlier in the day, Gov. Brown issued an order saying recreational areas like McDonald-Dunn could remain open, so long as they post signs requiring social distancing at entrances and exits. The governor’s order also required any restroom facilities to offer water, along with either soap or hand sanitizer.