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Before the Forest Service plans a commercial timber sale, they often go into the forest and do a precommercial thinning, removing the small trees and limbs. The scoping map showing 15,000 acres of precommercial thinning shows the Barlow 's precommercial thinning schedule for the next few years and is a good indication of where the Forest Service will be proposing logging projects down the road. The comment period for the scoping period is the public 's only chance to comment, because the proposal is being administered as a categorical exclusion (CE).
covers the Barlow District and some areas in the Hood River District of Mt. Hood