Roads

Bark has a long advocated for Mt. Hood National Forest to reduce the size of its enormous system of roads, mostly remnants from the heyday of logging, which cause significant impacts to fish, wildlife, and water quality. Public pressure from Bark along with recreation and conservation allies secured congressional restoration funds, which contributed to the creation of the incremental road decommissioning process (deconstructing roads to remove them from the landscape) under former Forest Supervisor Gary Larson in 2008. The agency embarked on this restoration by analyzing sub-watersheds throughout the forest to identify and decommission unneeded, problematic roads within these areas.

Bark worked with the Clackamas Stewardship Partners, a collaborative group in the Clackamas Ranger District to influence the Forest Service to focus restoration funds on an area in the Upper Clackamas Watershed to complete a pilot project that would include a full inventory of the existing road system and use the data to implement a full road decommissioning and aquatic restoration plan for the watershed.

Increment 1 will result in 113 miles of road closures in the Upper Clackamas Watershed. Bark continues to work with the Forest Service to see this work implemented. We hope that this will create a model for forest-wide travel planning for all roads.

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Restoration
General Information
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Clackamas River Ranger District
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Upper Clackamas River Watershed

Damage to road in Mt. Hood National ForestThe greatest threat to watershed health in Mt. Hood National Forest is the 4,000 mile network of roads on the landscape left from a legacy of logging in our public forests. These roads represent an unmanageable economic burden on the Forest Service while simultaneously creating public safety concerns, sloughing tons of sediment into fish-bearing streams, and inviting illegal Off-Highway Vehicle use.

Every year, the Forest Service proposes a suite of restoration projects to address the damage of these roads and historic logging practices ranging from the creation of in-stream fish habitat to decommissioning unneeded and ecologically harmful roads. You can find project details of current, proposed, and past restoration work in Mt. Hood National Forest at the link below.

Contact Rob Sadowsky, rob@bark-out.org, to find out how you can help restore Mt. Hood!

 

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Deconstruction in process

Decommissioning old Forest Service roads in the Mt. Hood National Forest benefits plants, wildlife, humans

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Road decommissioning in the Collawash River Watershed

What does decommissioning roads entail and how does it help improve habitat and watershed health?

Report Gives Thumbs-Up to Pacific NW Legacy Roads Program

Federal statistics show up to 24 jobs are created for every $1 million spent on these projects.

Taming Oregon's Backlog of Aging Forest Roads

Oregon contains 69,000 miles of National Forest roads. This vast network of roads harms our water supply and salmon, but now the Forest Service has the funding to do something about these roads.

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Court Strikes Down 2005 Change to Forest Roadless Rule

Today a federal court upheld protections for roadless forests.

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Obama puts halt on logging in roadless areas

Beginning to implement a campaign promise, the Obama administration puts a one-year moratorium on development in roadless areas.

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Congress Passes $50 Million for Watershed Restoration

The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 includes spending to improve watershed health in national forests.

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Forest initiative puts Mt. Hood on radar

Decaying Forest Service logging roads are marked for restoration in an initiative attached to the Economic Stimulus Package currently being planned by Congress and President-elect Obama’s transition team.

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