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COVID-19 updates

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Oregon Department of Forestry. Volunteers are the backbone of our recreation program, with support for hiking, biking, OHV riding, target shooting, and everything in between.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, ODF has suspended formalized volunteer operations for the 2021 season.

However, we are in the process of establishing protocols for volunteer opportunities as the state reopens, and hope to resume programs soon.

Still looking for ways you can support the State Forest Recreation Program and the Tillamook Forest Center right now? Here are a few options we hope you will consider:

We thank you for your support, which allows us to continue our mission to create lasting and diverse outdoor recreational, interpretive, and educational experiences that inspire visitors to enjoy, respect, and connect with Oregon’s state forests.

Volunteer information

Volunteering with ODF is a great way to engage with your community, improve the environment and make a personal mark on the places you visit and enjoy. There are many ways you can help care for Oregon's State Forests, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals. Check out the volunteer opportunities below to see how you can get involved.

The Tillamook Forest Center invites you to consider sharing your passion and experience to help make the center a memorable place for visitors. Whether assisting with programs, meeting and greeting visitors in the exhibit hall or on the trails, working in the gift shop and at the information desk, or helping behind the scenes, volunteers bring their own special insights and know-how to the Tillamook Forest Center team. For more information, please visit the Tillamook Forest Center​ website​.

Currently, all camp host positions are filled for the 2021 summer season. Feel free to reach out to ODF recreation staff for more information about future season’s opportunities now.

​Camp hosting is a great way to travel around the United States experiencing new areas and meeting new people. ODF offers camp host positions at eight rustic campgrounds and one visitor center spread across the Tillamook, Santiam and Clatsop Stat​e Forests in Northwest Oregon.

Most host sites provide: ​
  • A free campsite in a scenic campground                   
  • Firewood                                                                                 
  • A generator (at sites without electricity)                                 
  • Gas & propane (at sites without electricity)
  • Septic field (at select sites)​
The host season runs from the middle of May through the middle of October. Hosts can either serve for entire seasons or split seasons up into month(s) long periods​.

​​​Contact Joe Offer, Recreation Program Manager, for more information at 503-359-7464.​​

Do you have a favorite trail in an Oregon State Forest and are looking for a way to give back to the area you enjoy? Partner with ODF to adopt the trail you love!

You can become a working partner in the trail management team where you or your club can volunteer to maintain established trails and keep them clean. Adopt an entire trail, or a specific segment of a trail – whatever you or your group can manage best.

Adopting a trail means doing maintenance work, providing status reports to the State Forest Recreation, Education and Interpretation Team, and helping to identify and complete trail upgrade or improvement projects. Anyone can adopt a trail from a single person, to a group of family and friends, to an organized club or business.

The Adopt A Trail Program is currently offered on the Tillamook, Clatsop and Santiam State Forests. Contact the state forest recreation staff below for more information.​

Contact Joe Offer, Recreation Program Manager, for more information at 503-359-7464.​​

Photo of volunteers at SOLV event

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