North Clack Timber Sale

The North Clack Timber Sale is 35 miles east of Portland, near the Clackamas River, in Mt. Hood National Forest.  The project includes roughly 4,000 acres of commercial logging, which includes 255-371 acres of clearcutting (or "regeneration harvest" as the FS calls it), and nearly 20 miles of roadbuilding which has major effects on ecosystems. Around 1,200 acres of the logging is proposed in mature forest over 80 years old with scattered old growth patches.

Bark had our annual 2-week Base Camp in the project during the summer of 2018 where we groundtruthed the project and found countless old growth trees, unmapped streams, and sensitive plant species. We also worked with the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) to locate 42 nests of the red tree vole, a federally protected rodent that lives in the canopy. Each nest when found receives a 10-acre buffer, and the Forest Service previously told us they would be placing these buffers on all nests we found. However, we were disappointed that the Forest Service did not yet include buffers for the red tree vole nests in the Preliminary Assessment documents released in March 2019. Instead, the FS chose to propose additional clearcutting in areas they know that red tree voles are nesting. Originally proposing 255 acres, the agency has now included an additional alternative that includes a total of 371 acres of "regeneration harvest".

Here is an interactive map of the project displaying the current proposed actions.

Logging has been shown by OSU and the Oregon Global Warming Commission to be a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon, so it's important that the Forest Service hear from the public that they want their forests to be a carbon sink, not source. We believe the Forest Service should be working to restore the forest in this area by decommissioning old logging roads, rehabilitating illegally-created motorized trails, and improving habitat for species like salmon and beaver.

Currently there is a public comment period for this project which ends on April 15th.

Please take action today against destructive logging in the North Clack Timber Sale!

The Forest Service is targeting stands they describe as "fire originated," meaning they grew back naturally after fires that occured 60-120 years ago, creating a forest structure of multiple ages of conifers including large, mature trees. On a regional and global level, protecting these types of forests is critical for keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. However, Mt. Hood's grossly outdated Land and Resource Management Plan still prioritizes the majority of this area as "Timber Emphasis."

Looking back, this project area has a history of logging and wildfire. The area was originally privately owned, and logging began well over a century ago using a railroad and steam donkey system. After several logging and railroad-related fires, much of the burned area was salvage logged, and was either replanted or re-seeded naturally. Some of this land was transferred to the Forest Service as part of a settlement for fire damages. North Clack also includes some areas more recently burned in 2014 in the 36 Pit Fire.

North Clack encompasses the La Dee Flats OHV riding area, which has a history and reputation of unauthorized motorized trail building. Bark believes that opening up the forest through logging (and building new roads to do so) consistently brings about more of this type of activity, and Bark is pushing the Forest Service to consider this additional impact.

(above) Area of North Clack naturally regenerated from 1902 fire

 

 

Project Status: 
Proposed
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Watershed: 

North Fork Clackamas Watershed