About the Tillamook State Forest

The Tillamook Burn, and today’s Tillamook State Forest which has emerged from the fires of the mid-20th Century, provide a compelling setting in which to teach about all the resources and values associated with this remarkable forest, and by association, forests elsewhere in our state and region.

The Tillamook Burn was the collective name for a series of wildfires that struck the northern Oregon Coast Range mountains in the 1930s and 1940s. The fires blackened more than 550 square miles and brought profound environmental, economic and social change to Northwest Oregon.

Today’s Tillamook State Forest is the product of a monumental reforestation effort undertaken in the 1950s and 1960s. More than 72 million seedlings were planted by hand-many of them by school children and volunteers-across the blackened landscape. The site of today’s Tillamook Forest Center was entirely planted by school children in the 1950s and 1960s and was recently named a special Oregon Heritage Grove by the Oregon Heritage Tree Commission.

The young Tillamook State Forest is now a place of hope, providing a wide range of resources and experiences, from clean water to wildlife habitat, from timber and revenues to recreation.

Visit the Oregon Department of Forestry page for more information about the Tillamook and other state forests.