Zigzag Timber Sale Info Session

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bark is the local watchdog organization focused on protecting and restoring the natural process and ecosystems within Mt. Hood National Forest. For 20 years, Bark has surveyed every commercial logging project in order to protect mature and native forest, sensitive watersheds and areas of cultural value from the industrial logging projects proposed to meet the Forest Service's timber quotas.

The Zigzag Timber Sale is still in the planning stage and Bark hopes to inform as many people as possible about the potential impacts of this proposal.

Register for this online meeting here. 

The Zigzag district of Mt. Hood NF has not seen logging in over two decades. A formal 5 year moratorium on commercial logging was placed on the district in 1998 in an era of immense public outcry against logging in drinking watersheds, “salvage” logging after forest fire, and the controversial Eagle Creek and Enola Hill Timber Sales. This moratorium expired in 2003 an informal continuation of that moratorium had endured. Until now, as the Executive Order 13855 of December 21, 2018, increased the USFS timber quota to at least 3.8 billion board feet and pushed Mt. Hood's quota up by about 10% with further increases planned. However, during the decades-long, self-imposed move away from commercial logging, the Zigzag Ranger District had provided the best example of Bark’s hopes for restoration-focused Forest Management across the entire forest. The agency had invested heavily in aquatic habitat restoration and road decommissioning at the urging and with the support of a broad array of groups and individuals working to restore salmon to the entire Sandy River watershed. The district also supports the largest share of mainstream recreation users compared to other areas of the forest. Places like Trillium Lake, Ramona Falls, Burnt Lake, Top Spur Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail attract millions of visitors and their associated benefits and impacts to the forest.

The proposal to return commercial timber extraction to the Zigzag District undermines the restoration accomplishments and the work to shift the economic paradigm, while also degrading the area’s watersheds, carbon capacity, habitat continuity, and cultural value. However, the reality is that the Forest Service always had the option to return to commercial projects at any time, given that their Forest Management Plan calls for perpetual logging and the agency’s management efforts continue to be bound by top-down timber quotas which are overshadowing the efforts of local organizations, individuals, and communities to shape the management of lands and waters that they care about and are dedicated to.

Find more information here. 

view of Mt. Hood, forested side with some patches of browned trees