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This sale has been a roller coaster. In response to our administrative appeal on January 20th 2010, the Forest Service withdrew its decision on this project. We celebrated the protecting of this area, home to beautiful eastside forests that became dear to many Barkers' hearts after siting a bear in the proposed sale during a Bark-About hike. But shortly after announcing our victory, in the spring of 2011 the Forest Service re-released the same Decision Notice for the sale, with the same 1629 acres and no changes to the project.
On July 15th Bark re-submitted an appeal on Bear Springs and were denied any of the site-specific changes that would have made the project better. For example, we asked that the Forest Service drop units that require building new roads. It seemed like a common sense approach, when the agency does not have the capacity to maintain 60% of its existing and deteriorating road system due to budget constratints on Mt Hood. Logging could begin on this sale as early as summer 2011. Please let us know if you witness any logging in the area. Call Bark at 503-331-0374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The northern units can be accessed by FSR 48. The southern units can be reached by taking Highway 26 south to Highway 216 (turn left just after entering Warm Springs Reservation). Everything else is in between.