Malheur National Forest

Malheur National Forest


Malheur National Forest
IUCN Category VI (Managed Resource Protected Area)
Strawberry Lake Wilderness.jpg
Strawberry Lake in Malheur National Forest
Location Oregon, USA
Nearest city Canyon City, Oregon
Coordinates 44°17′00″N 118°47′04″W / 44.2832129°N 118.7843893°W / 44.2832129; -118.7843893Coordinates: 44°17′00″N 118°47′04″W / 44.2832129°N 118.7843893°W / 44.2832129; -118.7843893[1]
Area 1,700,000 acres (6,880 km2)
Visitors 242,000 (in 2006)[2]
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
Monument Rock in Malheur NF

The Malheur National Forest is a National Forest in the U.S. state of Oregon. It contains 1.7 million acres (6900 km²) in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. The forest include high desert grasslands, sage, juniper, pine, fir, and other tree species. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 m) to the 9038 foot (2754 m) peak of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountains extend east to west through the center of the forest. U.S. Route 395 runs south to north through the forest, while U.S. Route 26 runs east-west.

The forest is managed for timber extraction, cattle grazing, gold mining and wilderness use by the Forest Service, a division of the US Department of Agriculture. A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the forest was 312,000 acres (126,000 ha)[3].

The forest was established by President Theodore Roosevelt on June 13, 1908 and is named after the Malheur River, from the French, meaning literally "misfortune".

In descending order of land area the forest is located in parts of Grant, Harney, Baker, and Malheur counties. There are three ranger districts in the forest, with offices in John Day, Prairie City, and Hines, Oregon.

The Malheur National Forest contains the largest known organism (by area) in the world: an Armillaria solidipes that spans 2200 acres (8.9 km²).[4]


There are two wilderness areas in Malheur National Forest.

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