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Forest History Center

The Forest History Center is both a museum and an archive dedicated to preserving the history of forestry and related activities in Oregon. The center is a place for the public to visit, providing an opportunity to learn about and understand the history, people, and development over time of Oregon’s valuable historic forestry legacy.


The center’s displays showcase various aspects of forestry and currently include information and artifacts on the following: 

  • Tools for both firefighting and logging
  • Reforestation
  • Keep Oregon Green memorabilia
  • Kilchis Incline Railroad (near Tillamook)
  • Look-out towers in Oregon
  • Fire-finder
  • Oregon’s State Forests
  • Civilian Conservation Corps projects and activities in Oregon
  • 1930s fires of the Tillamook Burn
  • Early radios, telephones, cameras, and surveying equipment

We continually add to and adjust the displays. So, if you have not visited the museum for awhile, stop in again to see what’s new.


The Keep Oregon Green Association, the Oregon Alumni of the Civilian Conservation Corps (formerly Chapter 4), and the Oregon Forestry Retirees Association are valuable partners with ODF in the Forest History Center’s operations.

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ODF Headquarters
2600 State Street, Building A
Salem, OR 97310

Hours of operation

The Forest History Center is open to visitors BY APPOINTMENT ONLY during the pandemic. It is open to individuals and small groups of 10 persons or less. FACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED, so please bring your own face mask. The Forest History Center does not have a supply to give out. We will be following our summer hours for appointments which is Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will last through the end of September at which time we will shift to our winter scheduling. If you wish to make an appointment, please call 503-945-7208 or email at

Summer hours (May through Sept.)

  • Fridays and Saturdays
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Other times by appointment

Fall, winter, and early spring hours (Oct. through April)

  • Fridays
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Other times by appointment

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