ochoco national forest

Ochoco National Forest

Ochoco Forest Fire Information

Generator Policy

US Forest Service policies are subject to change at any time.
As it has been in the past, we usually will not know for sure if the USFS and the State of Oregon will allow the use of generators.

If allowed, the generators must be within 100 feet of the graveled roads (800 & 802) and operated between noon and 7PM. We request that you limit the usage of your generator as much as possible out of respect for your fellow astronomers.

The decision is based on several factors: the dryness of the forest area around Indian Trail Spring, the 14 day forecast prior to OSP, whether they have closed forest to the public and if level IV restrictions are in place.

Please check back to this area for the latest information concerning the use of generators at OSP.

See @OSP/Camping page for OSP camping rules.

Forest Service Rules

The Forest Service permit for OSP is from Monday through Sunday, if you are onsite outside of these days you are entirely on your own. All OSP attendees must follow Forest Service rules.
The Forest Service controls the generator policy and is subject to change at the last minute. Please check here for the latest information.
No open fires are allowed anywhere on site at OSP.
Charcoal Briquettes are not allowed anywhere on site at OSP.
Only propane or white gas stoves are permitted as long as they are off the ground and not a danger to the surrounding area.
Smoking is permitted only inside a vehicle or on the graveled 800 or 802 roads. Smoking materials must be disposed of in a fireproof container or inside your vehicle’s ashtray.
The Forest Service requires that each vehicle must carry 1) a shovel, 2) an ax, 3) 5 gallons of water reserved for fire suppression.
The most current fire information may be found at – http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/conditions/fires.shtml
The OSP Staff reserves the right to ask any attendee to leave if they are deemed to be in violation of US Forest Service regulations.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


How we’re protecting and restoring native plants

The Ochoco National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland coordinate with many partners every year to undertake projects and planning efforts with the goal of protecting and restoring native plant communities.

This work takes many forms. Every year, efforts are made to find and track the spread of invasive weeds, and to remove or spray them on as many acres as possible.

Employees engage in numerous replanting efforts on projects such as post-fire rehabilitation and streambank restoration. They also work to share the knowledge among local schools and communities about the threat of invasive weeds and how to prevent their spread.

Planting Lookout Pasture


Excellent dark skies in Central Oregon – 5000 feet