Wildcat CE Timber Sale

Thanks to all your help Bark and the Forest Service have reached a successful compromise regarding Wildcat CE. The Wildcat project is planned in stands with key legacy features which may be destroyed as a result of logging. Bark appealed Wildcat CE on 1/19/2006 on the grounds that the project will not meet its stated goals of enhancing biological diversity and stand health.

On 2/7/2006, Bark withdrew its appeal on the conditions that (1) the Forest Service would drop 1-2 acres in the western corner of Unit 1 to provide protection for an area with legacy features such as large, downed logs that are essential for ecosystem functioning, (2) Bark will work with Mt. Hood National Forest field staff in inventorying and marking all significant snags within Unit 6 prior to logging, and (3) within three months of the completion of all logging activities, appropriate Mt. Hood National Forest staff will facilitate a field tour with Bark representatives to observe post-logging conditions. This agreement is being carried out by volunteers tagging and getting coordinates for 100 snags within Unit 6 so that we might get a better idea of how well snags can be retained after logging. Our results are forthcoming.

In 2012, amazing Bark volunteer and Forest Watch Committee member Paula Hood took on the job of organizing a Bark team to inventory these snags. As logging goes forward and post-logging monitoring occurs, Bark continues to compile results. If you are interested in up-to-date information regarding snag retention in the sale, please contact the Bark office at 503-331-0374 and ask for our Forest Watch Coordinator or email info@bark-out.org with questions.

Project Status: 
General Information
Zigzag Ranger District
Total Acres: 

Sandy River

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

T&E Species: Northern Spotted Owl Additional Species Info: A 2004 Bush administration rule that removed protections for rare plants and animals was just determined illegal by Judge Pechman of the U.S. District Court (see the feature story at www.bark-out.org). Wildcat CE is one of the logging projects that may be illegally moving forward without providing protections for rare species required by the court ruling.

"Purpose & Need": 

The purpose of this project, as stated by the Forest Service, is to commercially thin young forest stands to acheive multiple objectives 1. Increase health and vigor and enhance growth that results in larger wind firm trees.2. Enhance biological diversity by variable density thinning that changes vertical and horizontal stand structure and brings more sunlight to the forest floor to establish ground vegetation.3. Provide forest products consistent with the Northwest Forest Plan goal of maintaining the stability of local and regional economies now and in the future.However, the Wildcat stands we observed exhibited a range of stand densities that varied considerably from stand to stand (unit 3 vs. unit 6) and within stands (units 1 and 6). Field surveys also revealed a wealth of already-existing gaps in the canopy, both natural and potentially from previous thinning. Further, logging in the project area has the potential to reduce or entirely remove legacy features such as large standing snags and large downed wood, and as a result will reduce, not enhance, biological diversity.

Driving Directions: 

This timber sale project area is located in the Zigzag District in sections 9 and 16 of T. 3 S., R. 6E., WM, Clackamas County

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Road Comments: 

Bark believes there is no reason for the extra 500 feet of road in unit 1 because the existing road already reaches the boundary of the unit. The road density in the planning area is already high reduction of impacts from roads through decommissioning and restoration should be the highest priority of the Zigzag Ranger District, not new road construction.