Mutt Timber Sale

We expect the Mutt EA to be re-released soon to reflect newly completed species surveys. Mutt is on the Forest Service 's priority list.

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

Lower Clackamas Sub-Watershed: Pup Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: Hypogenia Oceania, Romaria araiospora, Ramaria geletinaium, Cortinarius Olypianus T&E Species: NSO CHU OR 10NSO 1999 Bi-Op Other Species: Lower Columbia River Steelhead, Upper Willamette River Chinook, Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon, Lower Columbia River Cutthroat Trout Additional Species Info: LC River Steelhead may affect, not likely to adversely affect. Up Willamette River Chinook may affect, not likely to adversely affect. LC River Coho Salmon May Impact Individuals or Habitat, but will not likely contribute to a trend towards Federal Listing. LC River Cutthroat Trout May impact individuals or habitat, but will not likely contribute to a trend towards Federal listing. Ramaria araisporo Unit 4 and 5Ramaria gelatinaiaurantia Unit 1 and 4Cortinarius olypianus Unit 5

Total Acres: 
Total Riparian Acres: 
"Purpose & Need": 

The Forest Service would like to thin and fertilize the matrix lands because they are overstocked and lack diversity. ' 'If no action is taken this overcrowded condition would result in the continued reduction of net annual growth and reduced vigor increased mortality and increased wind damage susceptibility. ' Meanwhile, the second growth in the riparian reserves are apparently 'experiencing a slowing of growth due to overcrowding. '

Bark Comments: 

Area on high landslide risk zone, drains directly in to Clackamas River. Healing from clear-cuts 50 years ago. Plans also including placing large woody debris, by helicopter, in 1 to 1.5 miles of Pup Creek. Fertilization on most of the sale, with only 100 ft buffers for riparian areas. Degradation of 147 acres of owl dispersal habitat.

Timber Sale Names: 

Mutt (149 Acres, 1 MMBF, 1600 CCF) Status: Scoping


11/1-5/31 : No operation of off-road ground-based equipment. Restricted Units: 1,2, and 5

Driving Directions: 

Take Hwy 224 east past Estacada. Drive about 10 - 11 miles and turn right on to FR 54 (which should be a bridge that crosses the Clackamas River). Drive down FR 54 for 1.5 miles and turn left on FR 5410 (paved). Drive on FR 5410 for about 2 miles until it forks. Keep going left to stay on FR 5410 and then make right turn on a gravel road called FR 5412. Welcome to the Mutt Timber Sale. Alternate directions: At fork, turn right on FR 5411 (paved). Drive about 3 miles and turn left onto FR 5412 (gravel). The timber sale is located at the north end of Eagle Creek Divide near the Clackamas River on roads 5410, 5412 and Pup Creek

Temporary Road Miles: 
Road Comments: 

There are currently 30 miles of open/closed road in the area. 26.4 miles is open, 3.6 miles is closed. Current road density is 3.5 miles of open road per square mile. After this project it will go down to 3.2 miles per square mile. This is still way over the recommended 2.5 miles of open road. This does not address the question of closed roads, which are not counted in road density. Closed roads still serves as access for off road vehicles and acting as an impervious surface which transports sediment and increase peak flows. Bark recommends the Forest Service should get the road density down to 2.5 miles of open road, with all other roads being obliterated, with the road beds ripped and reseeded.