2009 Merit Award, Wood Design Awards
Tillamook Forest Interpretive Center
In the heart of the Tillamook State Forest in Oregon, the new complex – a 14,300 s.f.
interpretive/education center, with a 4,500 s.f. exhibition hall - focuses on the
story of the Tillamook Burn, a series of fires approximately 60 years ago which
consumed 355,000 acres of forested land. A massive restoration effort followed,
spanning several decades. The forest is now healthy and successful, harvesting
of timber has begun following a set of newly developed guidelines called
“Structure Based Management.” The center provides a base for a wide range of
education programs, taking advantage of the many site features including the
Wilson River, an original homestead site, and a variety of forest types.
Site improvements include a large amphitheater, an outdoor classroom/lab and a series
of interpretive trails. Weyerhaeuser donated the engineering and materials for a
250’-0” long pedestrian bridge which provides access to the existing day use and
campground area across the river.