Writing comments for the "TAP" - Talking Points

You can help reduce the impact of roads on our watersheds:

1. For background on the Travel Analysis Process, please click the link to the right.

2. When you're ready to provide input to the Forest Service about the future of Mt. Hood’s oversized road network, here are talking points you can use while filling out each question in the Forest Service's Travel Analysis comment form.  Alternatively, you may copy your responses to the questions below and paste into an email to mthoodtap@fs.fed.us

Question #1 is specific to your own experience in the forest! It’s okay if you do not know road numbers, just state where you like to go. For example, “I use the roads to Timothy Lake.”

Question #2: Are there particular road segments that provide unique opportunities?

  • Please consider upgrading the maintenance level on Road 1825-109, and do the work needed, to improve recreation access to the popular Burnt Lake Trailhead(Trail # 772)
  • Roads 1828-125 and 1828-180 in the Lolo Pass area were identified for removal in the 2011 Zigzag road decommissioning Environmental Assessment . They are still open to vehicles and need to be decommissioned now. One option after decommissioning would be to create a new loop trail (approx. 5 miles) for non-motorized users by converting them and a section of Road 1828 into trails
  • Close and decommission “secondary” roads in the Road 4500 road network (Memaloose Creek and South Fork Clackamas River) to reduce illegal activities (garbage dumping, off road vehicles).
  • To protect salmon and recently reintroduced bull trout, permanently decommission spur roads associated with Roads 5740-240 south of Timothy Lake, and spurs off 4620 and 4621 past the Indian Henry campground to reduce aquatic impacts and road density.
  • Improve the maintenance on Road 1828-118 to improve recreation access to the popular Top Spur Trailhead in the Zigzag area.
  • Convert these roads into trails: Road 3512-640 near Cooper Spur for hikers and snowshoers; Road 4800-530 in White River for hikers & horses; and Roads 1611 north of Lawrence Lake and 4400-620 connecting to the Dog River Trail for mountain biking.
  • Decommission Roads 4800-260 and 4800-520 in White River and 1700-690 north of Surveyor’s Ridge, and their spur roads to reduce road density, maintenance costs and illegal access

Question #3: If you had to hike into some areas where you formally drove or needed a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access some remote areas where you didn't previously, how would that affect your experience?

  • This question is specific to your personal experience of the forest. However...
  • Converting roads to trails and moving the trailhead further from the wilderness usually results in less litter and illegal activities that would devalue my experience in the forest, and more solitude
  • Please keep me up to date as to where these roads might be so I can publicly comment.

Question #4: Is there anything else you'd like to share?

  • I support clean water, healthy fish populations, and roadless areas that help wildlife and sequester carbon, helping our planet. That is why I support removing roads and rightsizing Mt. Hood National Forest’s road system. It is also the fiscally-responsible thing to do, as I understand that the Forest Service can only afford to keep about 16% of the road system.
  • Please prioritize removing roads in watersheds with the highest road densities, especially any subwatershed with road densities over 2 road miles per square mile.
  • Please reduce road density at the 5th field sub-watershed scale Forest-wide to less than 1.5 miles per square mile of land. All system roads, non-system roads and decommissioned roads (with road prism intact) shall be counted toward the road density standard.
  • Please implement the road treatments that were identified, by the Forest Service, in the 2010 Increment 3 road decommissioning proposal (closures, road-to-trail conversions and decommissioning projects).
  • Please prioritize road removals in watersheds with the highest road densities in all four ranger districts; these will offer the greatest opportunities for watershed restoration projects.
  • Please prohibit construction of new permanent and “temporary” roads, and do not rebuild previously decommissioned roads. These are used exclusively to log in Mt. Hood’s watersheds, which only benefits the timber industry and ignores all of the other benefits of healthy forests.
  • Allow no net increase in road density in any watershed.

Thanks for getting involved in the Travel Analysis Process! Please email michael@bark-out.org if you are having difficulties filling out the form.