Who We Are

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, (a private 501(c)3 non-profit), was founded in 1989 as Friends of Opal Creek to gain protection of the Opal Creek watershed for future generations to study and enjoy, a goal we achieved in 1996 through federal legislation. Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center maintains and stewards Jawbone Flats, a rejuvenated historic mining town in the heart of the 35,000-acre ancient forest watershed of the Opal Creek Wilderness and Scenic Recreation Area. We are located on the west slope of the Cascade Mountains, one hour east of Salem, Oregon, and approximately two hours from Portland, two and a half from Eugene and three from Bend.

While the heart of our operations is in Jawbone Flats, we also maintain an office in downtown Portland:

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center
721 NW 9th Avenue, Suite 236
Portland, OR 97209

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Our Mission

“Promoting conservation through educational experiences in wilderness.”

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