Increment 1: 2008 Clackamas Road Decommissioning

Bark has a long advocated for Mt. Hood National Forest to reduce the size of its enormous system of roads, mostly remnants from the heyday of logging, which cause significant impacts to fish, wildlife, and water quality. Public pressure from Bark along with recreation and conservation allies secured congressional restoration funds, which contributed to the creation of the incremental road decommissioning process (deconstructing roads to remove them from the landscape) under former Forest Supervisor Gary Larson in 2008. The agency embarked on this restoration by analyzing sub-watersheds throughout the forest to identify and decommission unneeded, problematic roads within these areas.

Bark worked with the Clackamas Stewardship Partners, a collaborative group in the Clackamas Ranger District to influence the Forest Service to focus restoration funds on an area in the Upper Clackamas Watershed to complete a pilot project that would include a full inventory of the existing road system and use the data to implement a full road decommissioning and aquatic restoration plan for the watershed.

Increment 1 will result in 113 miles of road closures in the Upper Clackamas Watershed. Bark continues to work with the Forest Service to see this work implemented. We hope that this will create a model for forest-wide travel planning for all roads.

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Clackamas River Ranger District

Upper Clackamas River Watershed