Lake Branch Timber Sale

The Lake Branch thin proposes to log approximately 2,200 acres of forest. The proposal includes logging in Riparian Reserve. 22 miles of roads would be decommissioned after the timber sale is complete. This kind of logging tries to balance a 'forest products' priority with a restoration priority. Bark continues to question this management direction, especially since most of the restoration money spent is to mitigate the very damage of the logging itself. A zero sum game at best. And as part of this questioning Bark was able to challenge the Forest Service through a lawsuit to put in place adequate buffers for endangered fish."

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

Middle Fork Hood River Sub-Watersheds: Laurel Creek, Lake Branch, No Name Creek, Indian Creek

Driving Directions: 

Directions from Lost Lake Resort website Take interstate 84 east up the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River, then drive southwest to Dee and follow the signs to Lost Lake. Also, from Portland you can take Mt. Hood Highway 26 to Zig Zag, turn left onto Lolo Pass Road and follow the signs to Lost Lake. This is a truly scenic route to the lake but it does have 4 miles of gravel road over the pass. The project area is located between the Waucoma Ridge and Sawtooth Mountain, north of Lost Lake.

Road Comments: 

"Some" new road miles.