Clackamas

The Shellwood sale (scoping) has been canceled. This sale had em all thinning for supposed forest health clearcutting Cathedral forests to create the Forest Service 's desired giant Oak Grove plantation and logging within a roadless area.

Project Status: 
Canceled
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
247.0
Watershed: 

Oak Grove Fork

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
247.0
"Purpose & Need": 

The project area contains stands that are growing slowly and have been determined to be past the culmination of mean annual increment. " (We need to cut down the old growth b/c young trees grow faster). "The area will also remain in a fragmented condition which does not approximate the natural disturbance pattern " (We want to link up the clear-cuts. It looks really unnatural to have standing older forest surrounded by clear-cuts. Large accurate clear-cuts look more natural). For thinning "there are some stands of second growth trees that are experiencing aslowing of growth due to overcorwding. "

Bark Comments: 

Unit 4 - thin 46 acres. Unit 5 thin 64 acres. Unit 6 regen 38 acres. Unit 7 site prep 9 acres. Unit 8 site prep 17 acres. Unit 9 site prep 4 acres. Unit 10 site prep 7 acres. Unit 11 site prep 9 acres. Unit 12 regen 5 acres. Unit 13 regen 10 acres. Unit 14 regen 17 acres. Unit 15 Regen 22 acres. Unit 16 regen 12 acres.

Timber Sale Names: 

Shellwood (247 Acres, 2 MMBF)
Status: Cancelled!

Driving Directions: 

From Rt. 205 take Rt 224 East 45.2 miles to intersection of Rt 57 and Rt 46. Take Rt 57 (to the left) 7.6 miles to Rt. 58. Take Rt. 58 (left) past Hideaway Lake (mile 3.1) to Anvil Lake (6.5 miles). Take Forest Rd 5800-160 (right) towards Anvil lake for 1.7 miles. Park at 2nd closed road to right.
The timber sale project area is located north of the junction of 58 and 5810, east of 58 and Shellrock Creek

On March 2, 2007, Judge Michael Mossman of the U.S. District Court ruled in Bark 's favor, effectively cancelling the Slinky Timber Sale. In his ruling Judge Mossman found that the Forest Service provided no evidence that it used the best available science in proposing to clearcut 184 acres of mature and old growth forest.

Project Status: 
Canceled
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
180.0
Watershed: 

Watershed: Oak Grove Fork, Upper Clackamas
Sub-Watersheds: Harriet Lake, Kink Creek, Austin Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: Buxbaumia viridusHypogymnia oceanicaMalone jumping-slugCrypotomastixhendersoni
T&E Species: L. Columbia Coho - MIIHCutthroat troutSteelhead troutChinook
Other Species: Spotted Owl - CHU OR-10 1999 Bi-OpLynxCope 's Giant SalamanderPine Marten / Pileated Woodpecker
Additional Species Info: Southwestern Washington/Columbia River Cutthroat Trout May impact individuals but is not likely to cause a trend to federal listing or loss of viability. ' Impacts also expected for Baird 's Shrew, Oregon Slender, Salamander, California Wolvernine, and Pacific Fisher. Crypotomastixhendersoni was found outside of Unit 2. Dear and Elk Habitat (Summer Range 6- Kink and 7-Peavine. Some migratory species that could be negatively affected are Vaux 's swift, red crossbill, pileated woodpecker, varied thrush, hermit warbler, Hammond 'sflycatcher, Wilson 's warbler, and winter wren.'

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

The purpose of this initiative is to regenerate older forest stands that are fragmented and growing slowly to create young productive forest stands and to provide forest products that meet the social needs of local and regional economies now and in the future. This action is needed because the project area contains fragmented stands of older forest that are growing slowly due to the effects of diseases insects and mortality. If no action were taken these stands would continue to grow slowly and would not contribute to a sustainable supply of forest products ' (EA pg 1). '

Bark Comments: 

Cut using Reserve Shelterwood Regeneration Method. Units 36 and 38 were removed between old and new EA. C1 Timber Emphasis (Units 5, 8, 9, 21, 151, the southern 1/3 of unit 2 and all of the temporary road construction) and B2 Scenic Viewshed (Units 1, 15, 17 and the northern 2/3 of unit 2). The Forest Service estimates this forest currently has between 80-100 trees per acre. The proposed alternative (B) would leave 10 -12 trees per acre. Alternative D would leave 30 trees per acre (EA 12). Cumulative Impacts Other Sales in same sub-watersheds include Batwings, Bonanza Thinning (logged), Pardner Thinning (logged), Upper Clackamas Thinning and Oak Grove Thinning. From 1995 to 2003(8 years) the Oak Grove will have 577 total acres logged and the Upper Clackamas will have logged 1008 acres. This number includes 418 acres in the Oak Grove and 539 acres in the Upper Clack that are projected to be logged in 2003. Thus there is a concentration of the logging into a single year.In Slinky156 acres are in the Oak Grove Watershed 28 acres are in the Upper Clackamas.

Timber Sale Names: 

Slinky (90 Acres, 5 MMBF, 12500 CCF)
Status: Cancelled!
Yo Yo (90 Acres)
Status: Cancelled!

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

11/1 to 5/31. Restricted Units: 2, 8, 151 and groundbased portions of units 5, 17, and 31
2, 8, 151 and groundbased portions of units 5, 17, and 31 : No log hauling or snow plowing on roads. Restricted Units: West end of road 5710

Driving Directions: 

N on road 57 from Clackamas River Highway 224 to 5710, 5720 and/or 5730.
The timber sale project area is located east of Oak Grove Butte along the ridge separating the Oak Grove from the Upper Clackamas, along the 5710 and 5720 road networks.

Temporary Road Miles: 
0.4
Road Comments: 

Original EA closed 2 miles of road and built .7 miles temporary road. According to new EA, several miles of road reconstruction along haul roads would also occur. ' (5) This reconstruction includes 'spot rocking and brushing on 5710 in addition of aggregate surfacing on 5720190 and deep patch repairs to 5720 ' (EA 7).

The Forest Service determined that the Slip Thinning Project should be categorically Excluded (CE) from having an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement. The CE authorities have been put in place by the Bush Administration. We do not support proceeding with projects without an environmental analysis.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
70.0
Watershed: 

Watershed: Middle Clackamas
Sub-Watersheds: Big Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: Lower Columbia River steelheadNorthern Spotted OwlLower Columbia River cohoUpper Willamette chinook
T&E Species: Redband troutColumbia dusky snail
Other Species: Middle Columbia River steelheadBald EagleCanada Lynx
Additional Species Info: Under the NW Forest Plan, the Clackamas River is designated a tier 1 Key watershed, a crucial refugia for at-risk fish species."

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

The Forest Service states that the purpose of this project is to commercially thin young forest stands to enhance growth that results in larger wind firm trees enhance and restore within stand biological diversity and provide forest products to maintain the stability of regional economy. ' They claim this thinning is needed because the stand is experiencing a 'slowing of growth due to overcrowding. '

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

Wet season : log haul only permitted on asphalt or rocked roads
Nov. 1- May 31 : operation of off-road, ground-based equipment prohibited . Restricted Units: ground based portion of harvest units and ground based equipment

Driving Directions: 

From the North and Portland Take I-5 south to I-205 and continue south. Take State Hwy 212 east a couple miles and turn southeast on 224. Head to Estacada (about 18 miles). Go to Step 2.From the South Take I-5 north past Salem about 20 miles to the exit for Woodburn and State Hwy 211. Take 211 east through Molalla and Colton until you get to Estacada. Go to Step 2.Step 2 Estacada is your last stop for gas and supplies get back on 224 and continue up the Clackamas River about 20 miles. You will pass the Carter Bridge, Lockaby, Armstrong, Roaring River and Sunstrip campgrounds. Turn right onto on FS 121 (paved road) towards Indian Henry campground. Go some 2 miles, go over Sandstone Creek, and you 'll be at the Slip unit. If the paved road turns to gravel, you 've gone too far backtrack a mile or so.

Road Comments: 

No new roads would be constructed. ' Some existing closed or overgrown roads will be reopened. 'Upon project completion the roads that were open would be closed. Existing temporary roads and landings that are reused for this project would be obliterated after project completion. " A 5/23/2005 letter from the Forest Service states 498.96 has been allowed in the appraisal for this work. '
Reconstruction Miles: 4.16

Bark was able to negotiate with the Forest Service to add 50-foot stream buffers where previously they had proposed only 25 feet. Elbow and Spoon are moving forward as Stewardship Contracts ' meaning that the money from the logging will go to restoration projects in the area. Bark is working to direct that money toward addressing one of the biggest ecological threats in the Clackamas River watershed...roads. '

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
497.0
Watershed: 

South Fork Clackamas

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: 38755
T&E Species: Northern Spotted Owl
Other Species: Deer Elk30 species of migratory birds4 sensitive salamander and frog species
Additional Species Info: Because of the recent ruling by Judge Pechman of the U.S. District Court (see the feature story at www.bark-out.org) that declared the 2004 Bush removal of protections for rare plants and animals illegal, South Fork Thinning may be illegally moving forward without providing protections for rare species required by the court ruling.

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
497.0
Total Riparian Acres: 
74.00
"Purpose & Need": 

Manage for overstocked stands to increase health and vigor and enhance growth that results in larger wind firm trees, enhance and restore diversity, provide forest products and create employment and enhance riparian reserves.

Bark Comments: 

Apply 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre to fertilize approximately 178 acres of second-growth conifer plantations within the matrix units 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Fertilization is contingent upon funding availability.

Timber Sale Names: 

Elbow Thin Stewardship (497 Acres, 7 MMBF)
Sold on Feb-01-2007
Status: Post Appeal/Ready to be Auctioned
Spoon Thin Stewardship
Sold on Feb-01-2007
Thunder Thin #2
Sold on Nov-01-2006

Driving Directions: 

There are two groupings of sales that constitute the South Fork Thins. Both these groups are 20-30 minutes outside of Estacada.South Fork Thin driving directions Units 3,4,5,6,7This grouping is right around (and at) the entrance to the Orchard sale. This is at the intersection of 45 and 4500-220. This lies between the Memaloose Creek and the East Fork of the South Fork of the Clackamas. There are two units (526 and 527) somewhat in the same area East of Memaloose at the intersections of 45 and 4500-43/44/45. It is also need the Helion quarry so it may be too near a target practice range.Units 14, 74, 521, 522, 524 and 525These are in the Clear Creek watershed, along the West side of Mt. Hood National Forest where there is a mixture of public and private lands. This mixture means that road quality and road signs are extremely variable. Units 74 and 525 are easily located off of 4510-150 and -130. The 4510-130 gate was open on 5/31/03 giving easy access to unit 74. To access the other units you will need to traverse private land roads and those roads can be very difficult.

Temporary Road Miles: 
2.5
Road Comments: 

From the South Fork Thinning Preliminary Assessment Approximately 2000 feet of overgrown roads would be reopened to access several of the units. In addition, approximately 10,950 feet of bermed roads would be opened. There would be no increase in the permanent system ' of roads open to the public. The closure of currently open system roads in not part of the South Fork proposed action.There are potential haul routes that go through deer and elk winter range. The logging and re-opening activities could potentially disturb animals that happen to be in the area at the time of implementation. The project area is summer range and disturbance that occurs during the spring/summer/fall could potentially displace animals

The Summit Sale (Scoping Phase) has been canceled! 1000 acres of logging to help ' the imperiled Canadian Lynx in this largely roadless area. How would this logging project have enhanced the camping experience at Summit Lake? We expected a joint EIS in conjunction with Conehead to be prepared.

Project Status: 
Canceled
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
1,085.0
Watershed: 

Oak Grove Fork, Warm Springs

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
1,085.0
Total Riparian Acres: 
15.00
"Purpose & Need": 

Enhance growth of big huckleberry in Matrix by reducing competition between trees. Accelerating development of mature forest characteristics, including adequate shade and larger wind-firm trees for snags and woody debris. Create and enhance snowshoe hare habitat for Canadian lynx prey base. Partially restore a riparian area in the Stone Creek Rock Pit.

Timber Sale Names: 

Summit (1085 Acres, 3 MMBF)
Status: Cancelled!

Driving Directions: 

The project area is located just south of road 42, surrounding Summit Lake.

Road Comments: 

Reconstruction Miles: 1.75

A 2004 Bush administration rule that removed protections for rare plants and animals was determined illegal by Judge Pechman of the U.S. District Court. Summit CE is one of the logging projects that may be illegally moving forward without providing protections for rare species required by the court ruling. Bark appealed this project on 1/19/2006. This project is another example of the Forest Service 's abuse of the Categorical Exclusion loophole. The Forest Service claims to thin these stands in order to prevent Mountain pine beetle infestation. Sadly, this area is Critical Habitat Unit OR-11--dispersal habitat for the Northern spotted owl.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
70.0
Watershed: 

Oak Grove Fork

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

T&E Species: Northern Spotted Owl Additional Species Info: This area is Critical Habitat Unit OR-11--dispersal habitat for the Northern spotted owl.

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
70.0
"Purpose & Need": 

According to the forest service, the purpose is to 1. Reduce the risk of mortality from insects and to enhance growth.2. Enhance huckleberry production.3. Provide forest products.

Bark Comments: 

The Forest Service plans to thin 70 acres of forest to enhance growth and light penetration through the canopy. Field surveys of these stands indicate that they are already significantly open, with a variety of plants growing in the understory.

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

No dates provided : Logging conducted in the winter over snow . Restricted Units: all

Driving Directions: 

The timber sale project area is just south of road 42, surrounding Summit Lake.

Jane was auctioned on Friday, 10/17 to Thomas Creek Lumber and Tarzan was sold on Feb 7th, 2003 to Thomas Creek Lumber for $387,881.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
266.0
Watershed: 

Upper Clackamas
Sub-Watersheds: Fawn, Rhododendron, Lowe Kansas Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

T&E Species: NSO CHU OR-11NSO 1998 Bi-Op, Peregrine Falcon Nests
Additional Species Info: The Tarzan project 'may effect ' Bull Trout, Lower Columbia Steelhead, Lower Columbia Cutthroat Trout, and Lower Columbia Coho Salmon. This project would destroy 213 acres and degrade 116 acres of Nesting, Roosting, and Foraging habitat for Northern Spotted Owls. 2 of the units occur in designated Spotted Owl Critical Habitat. No surveys for Peregrine Falcons have been done since 1993 when 2 nest sites were found just outside the boundary of the Tarzan project area. Several adjacent sites were classified at that time as having potential for peregrine nesting. 21 of the Tarzan project units are within 3 miles of a known eyrie (nest site).

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

The Tarzan EA (both Tarzan and Jane) proposes to clear-cut 287 acres because stands are growing slowly are diseased and are exposed to repeated storm events which continually damage trees and blow them down. ' The sales would also thin and fertilize 104 acres of "70 year old natural second growth " since they are "experiencing a slowing ofgrowth due to overcrowding.'

Bark Comments: 

2 additional acres of regeneration for root rot in stand 41.The original bid for Tarzan had a CCF of 9127 and was 169 acres. Minimum bid for this auction is 33.09. The original minimum bid was 29.31 ccf.

Timber Sale Names: 

Tarzan (169 Acres, 5 MMBF, 9127 CCF)
Sold on Feb-07-2003 to Thomas Creek Lumber
Status: Finished
Jane (97 Acres, 1.4 MMBF, 2501 CCF)
Sold on Oct-17-2003 to Thomas Creek Lumber
Status: Sold, but not logged

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

10/1-6/30 : no operation of off-road ground based equipment. Restricted Units: 3,4,5,6,7,17,18,20,21,23,24,25,26,27,30,40,41 and ground based portions of 2,8,9,16, 20
4/1-7/30 : no harvest operations, road construction, use of motorized equipment or blasting would be permitted. Restricted Units: 24,25,26,27,30
5/15-6/30 : no harvest operations, road construction, use of motorized equipment or blasting. Restricted Units: 19,30,33
3/1-6/30 : no harvest operations, road construction, use of motorized equipment or blasting. Restricted Units: 21b
1/1-7/31 : no harvest operations, road construction, or use of motorized equipment . Restricted Units: 5,6,7,8,9,12,13,14,15,16,17,35,40

Driving Directions: 

West of the Upper Clack, along roads 4670, 4671, 4672 and 6350

New Road Miles: 
1.30
Road Comments: 

According to EA, there will be several miles of road reconstruction. According to prospectus, there will be 9.8 miles of road reconstruction. Road Reconstruction will occur on the 4670 road for the first 7.4 miles, and on 4650 road from 0.0 to mile 2.4.

This pre-scoping sale has been canceled!

Project Status: 
Canceled
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
232.0
Watershed: 

Collawash

Timber Sale Names: 

Tex (232 Acres, 7 MMBF)
Status: Cancelled!

Driving Directions: 

The timber sale project area is located in Nohorn Creek drainage from Stroup Creek SW to the Forest boundary.

The Roads are punched in, trees cut for landings, but logging of the units had not yet begun as of (12/17/04), but appears to have started now. The Upper Timber Sale was auctioned on March 7,2003. The high bidder was Rosboro Lumber for $600,758.50 or 90 ccf weighted average per ccf. This sale has major riparian issues - with only 30 ft buffers recommended on the abundant streams in the unit. One of the proposed temporary roads crosses a stream-bed. This sale contains beautiful native forest surrounded on several sides by the old Boyer Creek thin - a hideous example of what the whole area will look like if the Upper sale proceeds as planned.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
183.0
Watershed: 

North Fork Clackamas
Sub-Watersheds: Upper North Fork

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

T&E Species: NSO 1998 Bi-Op, Red Legged Frog, Lower Columbia Steelhead, Lower Columbia Coho
Other Species: Lower Columbia Spring Chinook, Lower Columbia River Cutthroat Trout

Prescriptions
Total Riparian Acres: 
35.00
"Purpose & Need": 

According to the Forest Service, the Matrix land in this area is overstocked ' and "lacks diversity. ' Yet most of the areas we walked through looked healthy with a wide diversity of species, ground cover, and several layers of canopy. We could see light clearly reaching the forest floor. Lichens and mushrooms were everywhere. In the Riparian areas, the Forest Service believes it is necessary to thin within 30 feet of streams to 'improve riparian conditions by accelerating development of mature forest characteristics including larger trees that would provide future large woody debris recruitment and snag habitat. ''

Bark Comments: 

While only 30 foot buffers would be placed on non-fish bearing streams, seeps, springs or wet areas great than 1 acre, cutting may begin on seeps, springs and wet areas less than 1 acre at the very edge of riparian vegetation (devils club, salmonberry, skunk cabbage etc). The no cut buffer would only include the first row of coniferous trees. One wonders what exactly their definition of mature forest " characteristics is. Does it depend only on tree size or are healthy soil and species diversity included in the desired mix? There is fertilization of all the matrix lands - which is very worrisome as some of the land is on very steep slopes above the riparian areas. This seems a situation likely to contaminate riparian reserves with both fertilizer and erosion."

Timber Sale Names: 

Upper (183 Acres, 3 MMBF, 7050 CCF)
Sold on Mar-07-2003 to Rosboro Lumber

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

10/1 - 6/30 : No operation of ground-based yarding equipment. Restricted Units: all ground-based yarding units
10/1 - 5/31 : no landing construction, road construction or reconstruction or skyline yarding. Restricted Units: riparian reserves

New Road Miles: 
0.80
Temporary Road Miles: 
0.1
Road Comments: 

600 ' to access Unit 3. 400 feet of Level One secified road to access Units 1 and 2. 500 feet of permanent road and 2300 feet of temporary road to access Units 5,6, and 7. 25 feet of road will be in the Riparian Reserve of Unit 5. Reconstruct Outside fillslope on Forest Roads 4610 and 4610150 Spot rock portions of Forest Roads 4610130, 4610150 and 4610151 to reduce sedimentation.

The Upper Clackamas Thin has been a collaborative project with the Clackamas Stewardship Partners. The CSP is a group of stakeholders, including the Forest Service and Bark, who act as a collaborative group to try and find common ground around logging, restoration and other stewardship opportunities. Although, the CSP did propose some thinning recommendations, the Forest Service has added new road construction, as well as reopening previously decommissioned roads for access into the logging units. Bark does not support new road building in Mt. Hood National Forest.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
1,100.0
Watershed: 

Upper Clackamas

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

The purpose of this initiative is to thin second-growth plantations to achieve multiple objectives.See list in the Scoping Letter.

Timber Sale Names: 

Wall (1100 Acres)
Status: Logged
Roman (includes parts of Rethin)
Status: Logging
Wolf (includes parts of Rethin)
Status: Sold, but not logged
Swag (includes parts of Rethin)
Status: Logging
Day (includes parts of Rethin)
Status: Logging

Driving Directions: 

This timber sale is located scatter shot around the Upper Clackamas. For detailed maps see the attached sale map or contact Bark for information about specific units.

New Road Miles: 
0.40
Road Comments: 

Reconstruction Miles: 2

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