Hood River

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Join Bark volunteer hike leaders, herbalist Missy Rohs of Arctos School and naturalist Candace Larson, for a hike to the Polallie Cooper Ti

Before the Forest Service auctions a timber sale off, often a precommercial thinning that occurs. This is an effort to take out shrubs and small trees that will be in the way of harvest and not be desirable to a logging company. The Hood River district is proposing this 5,000 acre pre-commercial thinning for projects in the next six years. It will require new roads and potentially not be in compliance with the Northwest Forest Plan. This project is a categorical exclusion (CE).

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
5,774.0
Watershed: 

East Fork Hood River, Middle Fork Hood River, Mill Creek

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

From the scoping letter The purpose of this project is to achieve specific objectives identified in the Salem BLM Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Matrix and Riparian Reserve Land Use Allocations on approximately 760 acres of BLM-administered lands by reducing the density of trees in developing forest stands. Other potential activities may include road construction or the renovation of existing roads that access thinning areas and the decommissioning or blocking of roads after thinning.

Bark has successfully negotiated this sale so that all old growth units and all native stands were removed from this proposal. Bark was also able to visit the area with the Hood River Ranger District and protect pockets of valuable habitat within the units. There was also a road closure placed along road 2640230 which ORVs had been using to enter a Late Successional Reserve.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
531.0
Watershed: 

White River

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: Columbia Duskysnailbridgeoporus nobillisimus
T&E Species: Northern Spotted OwlLycopodium annotinum (fern)Lycopodum selago (fern) Interior Redband Trout
Other Species: lynxWolverineColumbia OregoniumRedband Trout
Additional Species Info: Two 100 acre stands of old-growth located in the area are associated with spotted owl pairs. Many of these units contain Nesting, Roosting and Foraging, and dispersal habitat that would be degraded. This plan also calls for the removal of all optimal cover for deer and elk

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
531.0
"Purpose & Need": 

According to the USFS the purpose of this projectd is to, provide wood fiber for local and regional economies increase health and vigor and enhance growth of selected stands and provide for wildlife security while maintaining limited public and administrative access.'

Bark Comments: 

The EA states there are between 400 and 600 trees per acrs and that their action will reduce these numbers to 220 to 293 trees per acre. The trees are supposedly in 70-95 years os age range yet on recent trips we are finding many trees that far exceed this designation. Also, many of the units along Frog Creek are on slopes 10 to 35.

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

March 1st-July 15. Restricted Units: 146 and 211

Driving Directions: 

North and west of the junction of Hwy 26 and road 43, along the 2640, 2610 and 4320 road networks

Temporary Road Miles: 
1.5
Road Comments: 

Open road density is now 3.22 miles per square mile. The standard for Mt. Hood should not exceed 2.5 miles per square mile. Bear Knoll is in a Tier 2 Watershed, which means this watershed should be managed to ensure a high quality of water with an emphasis on road removal. Yet their decision is to gate 4.85 miles of road during the summer and allow snowmobiles winter access. For the road mileage to be reduced these roads should be obliterated not recieve ineffective gates seasonally. Furthermore, we are conserved about the proposed temporary ' roads as all evidence indicates that there is nothing temporary about temporary roads. The net effect will be the same as if the open road density was increased.'
Reconstruction Miles: 3.6

A fine example of your tax dollars at work old-growth logging, with road-building and logging in a roadless area adjacent to the Mt. hood Wilderness. This project is one of the four large projects targetting the NE side of Mt. Hood in the Cooper Spur area.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
459.0
Watershed: 

East Fork Hood River, Middle Fork Hood River

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
459.0
Total Riparian Acres: 
14.00
"Purpose & Need": 

According to the Forest Service, the purpose of the thinning is because the stands are overstocked. The Regeneration (clear-cut) is neccesary because some of the stands are in poor health, undestocked, and unable to provide for forest products on a fully sustainable basis. ' Specifically they sit these stands as being mature lodge pole pine understocked with laminated root rot and infected with mistletoe. According to the USFS all three of these are problems to be solved by clear-cutting (instead of part of the natural forest process). Both the thinning and clear-cutting are excuses to log old growth native forest.'

Bark Comments: 

27 acres of the regen (clearcuts) in scenic viewshed, 343 Commercial Thin, 21 Overstory Thin in thinning units, trees would be thinned to 18-25 foot spacing, leaving 70-135 trees per acre after logging.

Driving Directions: 

North of Cooper Spur sno-park south of Laurance Lake north of Mt. Hood Wilderness and out to the eastern boundary of the forest

Temporary Road Miles: 
3.5
Road Comments: 

1.7 miles of reconstruction

The Evans Creek Collaborative group working on fuels reduction projects in the Cooper Spur area have move forward with the idea to have a demonstration area for future timber sales focused on reducing the intensity of fire in the forests. This small project will be a place for the group to discuss on-site differences about forest fire management practices. The logging will occur under a categorical exclusion (CE), exempting it from environmental assessment.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
17.0
Watershed: 

East Fork Hood River

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

From the scoping letter Although a need for fuel reduction on National Forest System lands adjacent to private land exists on a much wider scale in the Cooper Spur area, the collaborative group preferred to start with a demonstration project at a smaller scale.

Driving Directions: 

Take Highway 35 south from I-84, towards the mountain. As the road begins to follow the Hood River to the right, look for signs for Cooper Spur. Turn right onto road 3510 and follow for approx. 1 mile. Take a left onto Road 3512 and the units will be shortly afterwards on the right.

New Road Miles: 
0.50
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Watershed: 

East Fork Hood River

The Lake Branch thin proposes to log approximately 2,200 acres of forest. The proposal includes logging in Riparian Reserve. 22 miles of roads would be decommissioned after the timber sale is complete. This kind of logging tries to balance a 'forest products' priority with a restoration priority. Bark continues to question this management direction, especially since most of the restoration money spent is to mitigate the very damage of the logging itself. A zero sum game at best. And as part of this questioning Bark was able to challenge the Forest Service through a lawsuit to put in place adequate buffers for endangered fish."

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
2,200.0
Watershed: 

Middle Fork Hood River Sub-Watersheds: Laurel Creek, Lake Branch, No Name Creek, Indian Creek

Driving Directions: 

Directions from Lost Lake Resort website Take interstate 84 east up the Columbia River Gorge to Hood River, then drive southwest to Dee and follow the signs to Lost Lake. Also, from Portland you can take Mt. Hood Highway 26 to Zig Zag, turn left onto Lolo Pass Road and follow the signs to Lost Lake. This is a truly scenic route to the lake but it does have 4 miles of gravel road over the pass. The project area is located between the Waucoma Ridge and Sawtooth Mountain, north of Lost Lake.

Road Comments: 

"Some" new road miles.

Long Prairie is one of five grazing allotments on Mt. Hood National Forest and the first that Bark has had the opportunity to challenge. Despite serious degradation of riparian areas on the allotment, including bank trampling, sedimentation, channel downcutting, and water quality violations, the Forest Service published a Finding of No Significant Impact for the allotment, authorizing 52 cow/calf pairs (with a potential increase of up to 105 cow/calf pairs if there is an upward trend in resource recovery ") from June 15th to September 30th. Rather than reduce the permitted number of cows on the allotment the Forest Service decided to 'mitigate ' the damage by erecting fences and placing downed logs in the streams. Unfortunately, our appeal of this decision was denied on 12-9-06.

As of 2013 Long Praire Grazing Allotment continues to be permitted to ranchers, but has not had active grazing for several years, in part due to conflicting timber operations in the area that require the pulling of necessary fencing designed to keep grazing cows in assigned area.

Project Status: 
Grazing Allotment
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
5,760.0
Watershed: 

Watershed: North Fork Mill Creek, West Fork Neal Creek Sub-Watersheds: North Fork Mill Creek, West Fork Neal Creek, Mosier Creek, Neal Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

T&E Species: Northern spotted owl Other Species: Lower Columbia River Steelhead, Middle Columbia River Steelhead, Cutthroat trout

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

Long Prairie is an existing allotment. The purpose of the proposed action in the EA is to continue authorization of livestock grazing in a manner that is consistent with the Mt. Hood Forest Plan, as amended. In addition, there is a need to improve areas that are receiving high use where cattle are congregating along streams and in prairies, and move the allotment toward the desired future condition based on the Mt. Hood Forest Plan.

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

6/15-9/30 3/1-7/16

Driving Directions: 

Take Highway 84 east from Portland to Highway 35. Take Highway 35 to FS Road 17 and go south on FS Road 17, which will lead directly into the allotment after the road crosses West Fork Neal Creek. The grazing allotment is located off of Highway 35 south of Hood River at the end of Forest Service Road 17.

The North Fork Mill Creek proposal has been part of an evolving effort by the Forest Service to thin the Dalles Watershed and surrounding forests. Bark was part of the collaborative group that submitted recommendations in March 2006, which were considered by the Forest Service in the planning of the project. This project overlaps with the proposed Gibson Prairie Off-Highway Vehicle playground area.

Project Status: 
In Progress
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
2,900.0
Watershed: 

Mill Creek, Main Stem Hood River Sub-Watersheds: Mosier Creek, Neal Creek

Prescriptions
"Purpose & Need": 

From the scoping letter ...'proposes to treat approximately 2 900 acres. the purpose of all the activities is to reduce hazardous fuels (removal of surface fuels, ladder fuels, and opening of the canopy) and improve forest health conditions (removing root rot pockets, removing diseased trees, thinning overstocked stands) '

Bark Comments: 

The Proposed Action states these treatments Restoration Thin - 2131 acres. Sapling Thin - 26 acres. Aspen Cottonwood Enhancement - 45 acres. Underburn - 684 acres

Timber Sale Names: 

Mill Creek (2900 Acres) Status: Scoping

Driving Directions: 

Take I-84 East out of Portland - Exit at exit #64 Highway 35, White Salmon and Gov 't Camp - Turn Right, twice, off the exit, following signs for Hwy. 35 South, Gov 't Camp and Mt. Hood - In 0.1 mile, go straight through the 4-way stop, still following Hwy. 35 South - Follow Hwy 35 for 10 miles (note that at 9 miles is a scenic viewpoint turnout on the right (west) side of the road, which makes a good regrouping spot) - at the top of the hill, look for Pine Mont Rd " on the left (east) - Pine Mountain Road is Forest Road 17 (1700) - The Long Prairie junctions of roads 1700, 1710, and 1711 are about 8 miles up road 17 at which point you are in the sale area." The timber sale project area is located north of The Dalles Watershed, east of Road 17 and the Surveyor 's Rdige trail, out to the eastern and northern forest boundaries

Road Comments: 

The current proposal includes 12 culvert replacements

Bark was able to get the old-growth in this sale dropped, but the rest - overlooking the popular recreation mecca of Clear Lake - remained in the proposal to be logged.

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
244.0
Watershed: 

White River Sub-watershed: Clear Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: Hypogymnia oceanica T&E Species: Spotted OwlNSO 1998 Bi-Op Other Species: wolverine

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
244.0
"Purpose & Need": 

Thinning and regeneration as approx. 800 of trees are experiencing a slowing/stagnation of growth due to overstocking. Visually rehabilitate the edge of straight-line clearcut. Reduce road density levels.

Bark Comments: 

special forest products on 191 acres. 2 acres of old-growth clearcuts dropped!!

Timber Sale Names: 

Ship (244 Acres, 1.936 MMBF, 4853 CCF) Sold on Apr-04-2002 to Thomas Creek Lumber Status: Sold, but not logged

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

1/1 to 8/31. Restricted Units: w/in .25 mile

Driving Directions: 

West of Road 42, south of Clear Lake and north of the Warm Springs Reservation and Clear Lake Butte

Temporary Road Miles: 
1.5
Road Comments: 

current road density 4.5

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