Magness Memorial Tree Farm Harvest

World Forestry Center is performing a maintenance harvest at Magness Memorial Tree Farm

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Since World Forestry Center was established in 1966, we have existed at the intersection of people and forestry. Our work is focused on connecting people to sustainable forestry, including forestry management. For more than 40 years, World Forestry Center has actively managed the 79-acre Magness Memorial Tree Farm, including periodically harvesting trees, in accordance with a detailed Forest Management Plan.

Earlier this year, we engaged Trout Mountain Forestry to update the Management Plan for Magness. The plan had not been updated nor had a harvest been conducted at Magness for nearly 20 years.

The goals of this updated conservation-based plan include improving forest health, promoting age-class diversity, reducing invasive species, and creating revenue for site maintenance through periodic timber harvests.

For the health and sustainable management of the site and per the updated Management Plan, we are harvesting trees from Magness from August 5 to August 31.

As Magness is already temporarily closed to the public to support Oregon’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the harvest will not impact access to Magness. The six-week-long harvest may occasionally affect the roads around the site. Trout Mountain will primarily be on SW Ladd Hill Rd. and Heater Rd. for equipment access.  Logging trucks will exit the area along SW Edminston Rd and SW Ladd Hill Rd.

See the answers to some frequently asked questions below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Magness Memorial Tree Farm closed?

To support Oregon’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, World Forestry Center’s staff is working remotely. We have temporarily closed our Discovery Museum and Magness Memorial Tree Farm.

The decision to temporarily close Magness was not made lightly. We know it is an important regional and community asset that has been open to the public for more than 40 years. However, after evaluating public health recommendations to minimize nonessential social contact, operational realities caused by limited staffing during the closure, and potential risks to our employees and visitors, we decided that closure is the best option to support the health and safety of our staff and community.

Who is managing the harvest?

Trout Mountain Forestry is acting as World Forestry Center’s agent to manage this harvest, coordinating work schedules, Oregon Department of Forestry inspection visits, log truck traffic to mills, and necessary permits.  Paulson Logging is the local logging company performing the harvest and overseeing logistics at Magness.

What will Magness look like after the Harvest?

The photo below shows an area of Magness that has already had trees removed. This is generally the density that will remain on all harvested areas.

What measures are being taken to prevent wildfires?

This is something we are monitoring closely. Permit submissions to the Oregon Department of Forestry include a firefighting and fire prevention plan. Our plan outlines the firefighting equipment that must be kept on hand as well as best practices for prevention.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions, email magnessneighbors@worldforestry.org.