Big Clackamas Cut

Sandy Post: Group lays claim to forcing forest protections

The U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management should have known better.

Indian Creek in Lake Branch Timber Sale.

Group lays claim to forcing forest protections
Bark says it brings attention to logging buffer zones

By Jeff Spiegel
The Sandy Post, Feb 21, 2012

In the summer of 2012, there were 6 timber sales in the Clackamas River Ranger District that total 10,000 acres and span the last 6 years worth of Forest Service planning. Of those 10,000 acres, much of that acreage had not been logged due to the low price of timber in recent years. What we are concerned about is that any season the price of doug fir could increase due to demand in China and trigger the cutting of these postponed sales. Bark is concerned that this economic change may result in all remaining 7,500 acres being logged in one season causing major harm to the Clackamas River Watershed.

This massive amount of logging will have enormous cumulative effects un-anticipated by the environmental assessments performed for these sales over 6 years ago. This concern is especially relevant since in 2011-2012 the Collawash Watershed (a sub-watershed of the Clackamas) experienced seven incidents of road failure. Much of this watershed contains the last stocks of rare salmon and trout.

Of additional concern is the perpetuation of timber sale planning in this watershed despite this back-log of 7,500 acres of sales waiting to be cut. The proposed Jazz Timber Sale would add 2,000 acres to this total and would re-open 12 miles of previously decommissioned roads in this sensitive watershed.

With more than 10,000 acres of planned and active logging in the Clackamas River Ranger District -- home of sensitive watersheds and a vast network of crumbling roads -- we are gearing up for a season of heavy logging and irreversible watershed impacts. What makes this situation yet more difficult to bear is the fact that the Forest Service considers this logging to be designed to improve forest health through thinning. By framing this massive logging program in terms of restoration the Forest Service avoids public scrutiny for over-logging our public lands. But in reality, 10,000 acres of logging in one district that impacts important watersheds is just that -- over-logging.

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

Collawash, Lower Clackamas, Upper Clackamas

Timber Sale Names: 

Collawash (10000 Acres) Status: Logging Upper Clack Status: Sold, but not logged No Whiskey Status: Logging 2007 Thin Status: Logging Rethin Status: Logging

Driving Directions: 

Take Highway 224 Through Estacada and into the Mt Hood National forest. Largely this district is everything south of Highway 224 and Forest Service Road 57.

Update on the Forest Service's recent decision to proceed with the 2,000 acre Jazz Timber Sale.

Update on the Forest Service's recent decision to proceed with the 2,000 acre Jazz Timber Sale.

Nestle report and defending waterways

Letter of Non-Concurrence

Letter from National Marine Fisheries Service to the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service indicating new science to dictate riparian buffers.

Big Clackamas Cut

The forests of the Clackamas River Watershed are facing an unprecedented threat this summer.