Waucoma Timber Sale Comments Due

Four years of advocacy for a unique corner of Mt. Hood

I know you are likely juggling more than usual today, so I hope you won’t mind my asking for a few moments of your time right now to submit your comment to protect some of Mt. Hood’s most remote forest from destructive logging. I deeply respect your time and support of Bark’s work!

Located in the northeast corner of Mt. Hood National Forest, within the West Fork Hood River watershed, the proposed 2,557 acre Waucoma Timber Sale spans the area surrounding Mt. Defiance, directly east of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.

Bark has been monitoring this project since 2016. While many sensitive areas have since been spared from logging, our primary concerns remain. This area sits at a crossroads between heavily impacted private timber land and diminishing sub-alpine habitat that will serve as refuge for species like subalpine fir, pika, and Clark's nutcracker as the climate changes. Currently, the Waucoma area has only 5% of its original mature and old forest left. Despite this, the Forest Service has proposed 550 acres of proposed "shelterwood” logging (removal of all but 15% of trees), much of which is on steep slopes above Green Point Creek. 484 acres of this aggressive logging would occur in forest over 80 years old.

Waucoma Unit 68, slated for “shelterwood” logging

The influence of timber quotas on the Forest Service means that even the complex and biodiverse forest ecosystems (64 acres are over 200 years old) are less important than the number of logs they can be reduced to. Also at risk are recreation opportunities in the area which include access to wilderness trails, developed and dispersed campsites, and mountain biking. If not properly considered by the agency during their planning process, these values could be impacted by logging and roadbuilding.

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For the forest,

Michael Krochta, Bark Forest Watch Coordinator

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