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Map of the Siuslaw National Forest and surrounding areas.
Siuslaw National Forest ( , or, for native English speakers, sigh YEW slaw) is a national forest in western Oregonmarker, United States. Established in 1908, the Siuslaw is made up of a wide variety of ecosystems, ranging from coastal forests to sand dunes.

Geography

The Siuslaw National Forest encompasses more than along the central Oregon Coastmarker, between Coos Baymarker and Tillamook, and in some places extends east from the ocean, beyond the crest of the Oregon Coast Range, almost reaching the Willamette Valley. The Forest lies primarily in Lanemarker (39% of the forest) and Lincolnmarker (27% of the forest) counties; the rest in descending order of land area are Tillamookmarker, Douglasmarker, Yamhillmarker, Bentonmarker, Coosmarker, and Polkmarker counties. It includes the Sand Lake Recreation Area and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Areamarker. The Forest Supervisor's office is located in Corvallis, Oregonmarker, and the Siuslaw is broken up into two ranger districts - the Hebo Ranger District, with approximately , and the Central Coast Ranger District, with approximately .

Points of interest

Sand dunes at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The Forest contains Marys Peakmarker, the highest point in Oregon's Coast Range at 4097 ft (1249 m). Numerous aquatic habitats are found in the forest: marine shore, rivers and streams (1,200 miles, including the Alsea, Nestucca, Siuslawmarker, and Umpqua rivers), and 30 lakes. The terrestrial environment can be regarded as two major vegetation zones, one near the coast dominated by Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), and the other dominated by Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the Forest was . Cummins Creekmarker and Rock Creek Wildernessesmarker preserve some of this old growth.

Recreational activities

Recreational activities in the Siuslaw National Forest include fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, exploring tide pools, and riding off highway vehicles.

References

  1. Table 6 - NFS Acreage by State, Congressional District, and County, 30 September 2008


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