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by rplaeger
February 25th, 2016, 7:28 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

Fire is an integral part of the conifer forests in the PNW. Foresters for too long have ignored the ecological role of fire. Our attempts to manage complex, forest ecosystems have a mixed track record. Fire suppression is one of the best examples; Smokey has been way too effective for way too long....
by rplaeger
February 25th, 2016, 7:21 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

Will the commercial entity will do the logging in the 'untouched' areas but FS workers will be doing the thinning and sapling reductions, which would give some indication that the company involved is getting to 'harvest' the good stuff while the FS does unprofitable grunt work in an area that proba...
by rplaeger
February 25th, 2016, 7:07 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

ARGH!!! http://bark-out.org/sites/default/files/images/North%20slope%20assault_0.jpg The Polallie-Cooper Timber Sale is the latest example of the clear and urgent need to shift the management priorities for Mt. Hood National Forest to put more focus on protecting and restoring watersheds, high qual...
by rplaeger
February 25th, 2016, 7:01 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

If they're thinning an area, bringing the logs out on a trail are easier than dragging through the forest AND wouldn't contribute to an effectively new 'use path', imo, that's my guess. The broader factor that comes to play here is this WUI, it's the Wildland Urban Interface, same thing with around...
by rplaeger
February 25th, 2016, 6:43 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

I'm not going to send in an official comment on this project since I am unfamiliar with the area. But I thought I would leave some food for thought in this thread. ETA; there should be at least a 100' buffer on each side of the trails. And does anyone know why there is a need to skid logs across tr...
by rplaeger
February 25th, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

Looking at the map I posted shows the logging sites FAR below the slope where you can visibly see the burn scars. Also, BOTH sides of Hwy 35 all the way down to the road will be clearcut, possibly behind a buffer to hide the devastation. So frustrating. As for trails impacted, it appears the Dog Ri...
by rplaeger
February 25th, 2016, 5:56 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

Some questions.. first of all while I am not a big fan of the Forest Service and have definitely supported BARK! causes in the past, the read between them and the hood river article makes it seem like the Hood River News write-up is totally carrying water for the FS, is that linked write-up really ...
by rplaeger
February 16th, 2016, 10:52 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Re: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails!

Thanks Limey ---- Please send your comments again ; NOW is the official comment period to influence the Forest Service decision on the project (last year was just "scoping" - an info gathering phase required by NEPA) You're correct - Cooper Spur Wild & Free Coalition, Bark and others stopped a small...
by rplaeger
February 15th, 2016, 4:38 pm
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)
Replies: 21
Views: 2502

Bulldozers on Mt. Hood trails! (Cooper Spur Timber Sale)

The US Forest Service has proposed a massive timber sale in the Cooper Spur area on Mt. Hood . They are taking public comments, until Feb. 25 , on the Environmental Assessment for the Polallie-Cooper Timber Sale. This is your opportunity to tell them if you think it's OK to build new logging roads a...
by rplaeger
October 2nd, 2015, 3:15 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Yay! Burnt Lake Road has been repaired!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1646

Yay! Burnt Lake Road has been repaired!!

Great news! The Forest Service has just completed repairs, actually very heavy maintenance, on the road to the Burnt Lake # 772 trailhead (FS Rd. 1825-109) in Old Mid Flat area. It will now be suitable for the many passenger vehicles that make the trip to this popular trailhead. After I had a number...