North Clack Timber Sale

The North Clack Timber Sale is located just 35 miles east of Portland, near the Clackamas River in Mt. Hood National Forest. This project, planned by the local Forest Service, includes roughly 4,000 acres of commercial (industrial) logging, 255-371 acres of which is clearcutting or "regeneration harvest" in Forest Service terminology. This logging activity would require nearly 20 miles of road-building in order to access the targeted areas, which has major negative effects on hydrological function of the local ecosystem. Around 1,200 acres of the logging proposed targets mature forest (over 80 years old) with scattered old growth patches.

Bark's annual, volunteer groundtruthing campout, Base Camp, within the project are during the summer of 2018. Over two-weeks, volunteers field checked each unit of the proposed project and found countless old growth trees, unmapped streams, and sensitive plant species. Working with the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST), Bark located 42 nests of the red tree vole, a federally protected rodent that lives in the old growth canopy. Each confirmed nest requires a 10-acre buffer and the Forest Service had previously informed Bark that there would be buffers on all confirmed nests. Disappointingly, the Forest Service had not yet included buffers for the red tree vole nests in the Preliminary Assessment documents released in March 2019. Instead, the Forest Service has proposed additional clearcutting in areas known to have nesting red tree voles. 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.Locator map showing the area of the North Clack Timber Sale within the larger area of Mt. Hood National Forest

Logging has been shown by Oregon State University 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.

The most recent public comment period ended on April, 15th, but concerned members of the public are encouraged to contact the Forest Service throughout the planning of this project. Click here to contact the Forest Service regarding the destructive North Clack Timber Sale.

The outdated Mt. Hood National Forest 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.

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North Fork Clackamas Watershed