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Maintaining Recreation Sites and Protecting the Watershed

A concerted effort is underway to shift the focus of land management in Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF) from logging to watershed health, wildlife habitat and recreation.
The tip of the effort’s spear is Russ Plaeger, program director at Bark, of Portland.

Wildlife and Recreation Vs. Logging

The Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF) is planting a mistaken footprint on our Mountain.
A shift is now required from focusing land management for logging, to watershed health, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

Tell the Forest Service to get rid of crumbling old logging roads!

The rain is falling hard and our forest roads are washing away! The Forest Service can only maintain 15.8% of the roads in Mt. Hood National Forest. Here's how you can help decide which ones it keeps for recreation and which ones it restores to protect water quality.

Why you should be worrying about roads

Quick question:

What do you think poses the biggest obstacle both to ecosystem health and recreation access in our forests?

In case you hadn’t guessed it from the title, the answer is roads.

Believe it or not, Mt. Hood National Forest is caught in a web of roadways that, placed end to end, would stretch all the way to Miami, Florida—a good 3,000 miles away.

Forest Service Open House: Zigzag Ranger District

Now is the time to tell the Forest Service that you value healthy ecosystems and quiet recreation over more logging and roadbuilding.

Forest Service Open House: Clackamas River District

Public input during the TAP will inform future decisions about projects such as road decommissioning and road-to-trail conversions.

Tour of Forest Service Roads - the Good & Bad

Forest roads – we use them to access our favorite trails, campgrounds, and mushrooming spots but we may not consider their environmental impacts an