Stop Logging on the North Slope

We received notice today of the final 30-day public comment period for the controversial Polallie Cooper Timber Sale. Originally cancelled in 2005 after of years of work by a coalition of conservation, recreation and local resident groups, this proposal has returned as one of the most significant threats to Mt. Hood forests.

The proposed logging would harm forests in the Cooper Spur area on the north slope of Mt. Hood. Over the years, Bark has brought hundreds of people to see these forests and collected thousands of letters in opposition to logging. Bark's supporters have repeatedly told the Forest Service that we don’t support 3,000 acres of logging and roadbuilding in mature forests, the Wild and Scenic East Fork Hood River corridor, the Crystal Springs municipal watershed and over trails popular with hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers.

With so much community involvement, the Forest Service recognizes that they need to hear from us about the future of our forests. Here are three easy ways for you to get involved in the next thirty days:

1.    Submit your comments on the Polallie Cooper Timber Sale. Tell the Forest Service to protect native ecosystems and wildlife. Respect the public’s right to clean water and recreation access by stopping this logging proposal.

2.    Attend February's Bark About hike to the Polallie Cooper area. We'll be co-leading a snowshoe hike with Cascadia Wild to learn about wildlife tracking in this beautiful forest.

3.    Come to the Polallie Cooper public meeting in Hood River. You can RSVP here and we'll help coordinate rides and get you started with some talking points.

Now is the time to stand up for a decade of work to protect this special forest. I hope you can help!

For the forest,




Michael Krochta
Forest Watch Coordinator

P.S.  We’ll be turning up our efforts in the next month. Another great way to be part of our success in stopping this logging is to make a contribution to our campaign