Collawash Thinning Timber Sale

A 2004 Bush administration rule that removed protections for rare plants and animals was later determined illegal by Judge Pechman of the U.S. District Court, but not all timber sales affected by the Bush removal of protections have been stopped despite the court ruling. Collawash Thinning is one of the logging projects that may be illegally moving forward without providing protections for rare species required by the court ruling. Stay tuned as Bark is trying to determine how Collawash will be impacted.

As of now, however, our appeal of this project has been denied and logging may begin any time. The Forest Service claims that this is a restoration project, that the logging will "accelerate late-successional stand conditions" and "enhance and/or restore biological diversity." The Collawash/Hot Springs Watershed Analysis (1995) however, describes this watershed as "the most unstable [watershed] within the Mt. Hood National Forest" and prone to erosion and landslides. Sediment build-up could affect endangered fish species that live less than a mile downstream from the project area including Lower Columbia River Steelhead (Threatened), Upper Willamette River Spring Chinook (Threatened), Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon (proposed for a Threatened listing).

Project Status: 
General Information
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 

Collawash Watershed

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: pileated woodpeckerpine marten T&E Species: Lower Columbia River Steelhead (Threatened)Upper Willamette River Spring Chinook (Threatened)Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon (proposed for a Threatened listing)Northern spotted owl (Dispersal habitat will be affected threatened) Other Species: deerelk Additional Species Info: From the scoping letter Our timber management planning process has identified approximately 2

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"Purpose & Need": 

According to the Forest Service, the purpose is to 1. Increase health and vigor and enhance growth that results in larger wind firm trees.2. Enhance and/or restore biological diversity by variable density thinning.3. Provide forest products consistent with the NWFP goal of maintaining the stability of local and regional economies now and in the future.4. Enhance riparian reserves by accelerating the development of mature and late-successional stand conditions.

Bark Comments: 

Unit 484 Tree plantation 15-20 yrs surrounded by contiguous forest, previously logged, red cedar stumps. Unit 420 10-25 yr old tree plantation surrounded by mature contiguous never logged forest, 45 degree slope, healthy ground cover, very diverse. Unit 482 tree plantation, mostly doug fir, previously logged, nice soil. Unit 425 High blowdown potential, big stands, very dense in places, younger than other stands

Timber Sale Names: 

Fan Thin (292 Acres, 3.5 MMBF) Sold on Apr-17-2006 Status: Sold, but not logged Thunder Thin #1 Sold on Nov-01-2006 Status: Logging

Driving Directions: 

Along roads 6320, 6321, 6322 and 4620

Temporary Road Miles: 
Road Comments: 

Road construction will occur at sites less than a mile from streams inhabited by threatened anadromous fish. Reconstruction Miles: 2.7