May 15, 2013
The Oregon Department of Forestry encourages the public to enjoy recreation on the Tillamook State Forest this summer, but to watch out for industrial traffic. Timber harvest operations are underway and planned on the state forest and adjacent private lands that could result in 30 to 40 loaded log trucks coming out of the South Fork Trask River Basin area each weekday this summer.
Most of that industrial traffic will occur on the South Fork Trask Road. The public is encouraged to find alternate routes or avoid the area. Visitors who must use the road are advised to drive defensively and if possible schedule their travel after 3 p.m. Industrial traffic and state vehicles will be calling out their mile marker and direction of travel on CB channel 17. Visitors who have a CB are advised to tune to channel 17 and also call out their location and direction. Mile markers are painted on the trees or marked with yellow signs.
Logs from four timber sales on the State Forest and two on Stimson Lumber Company lands will be hauled down the South Fork Trask Road from now through the end of the summer. Hauling will occur chiefly from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Forest operators are concentrating their work during the dry season to reduce the risk of road wear and sedimentation.
The Tillamook State Forest is a working forest that provides a balance of economic, social, and environmental values to the citizens of Oregon. Timber harvests on the Tillamook and other state-owned forests provide revenue for schools and infrastructure. Over the past five years, Tillamook County has received more than $39 million from timber sales.