Clear Dodger Timber Sale

The original proposal for this sale was reviewed in the context of the elimination of survey and manage requirements (ie not having to survey for wildlife gave them a chance to make the proposal much bigger and badder...thanks Bush!) which were later determined illegal by Judge Pechman of the U.S. District Court (see the feature story at www.bark-out.org). Bark successfully appealed this initial proposal to eliminate old-growth stands. However, the BLM came out with a new and slightly improved Clear Dodger Timber Sale targeting native forests, which happen to be very rare in this area near Estacada -- Clear Dodger is surrounded by farms on private land and clear cuts, including other logging projects nearby that Bark was not successful in stopping (the Unguard, Guard , Artful Dodger and Clear Timber Sales).

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
BLM Salem District
Total Acres: 
143.0
Watershed: 

Lower Clackamas, Mill Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: Great Gray Owl T&E Species: Northern Spotted Owl Other Species: Northern GoshawkOregon Slender Salamander Additional Species Info: An employee for a subcontractor hired to conduct fungi surveys for the sale has made official complaints to the BLM. He contends that some of his paperwork and samples were intentionally destroyed. This raises serious concerns about the accuracy of rare and sensitive species surveys conducted for the sale.

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
143.0
"Purpose & Need": 

Contribute toward District timber management goals and local economic diversity. Manage these timber stands for a sustainable supply of timber and other forest commodities for future harvest and other management options. Manage the roads in the area to meet transportation needs and ACS objectives. Increase stand diversity in portions of the Riparian Reserve.

Bark Comments: 

Potential Activites Harvest of mature timber (65 to 90 years old) Road decomissioning, rebuilding Stream and riparian area restoration.Cumulative Impacts There has been extensive private land and other public lands logging. For example, the following timber sales have been recently logged in the area immediately around Clear Dodger * Guard 3.5 mmbf Forest Service sale over 134 acres* Unguard a .5 mmbf Forest Service sale over 22 acres* Artful Dodger a 1.8 mmbf BLM sale in Section 30 logged in late 1990s* Clear, a 2.6 mmbf Forest Service sale over 490 acres logged in the last few years.The harvest of Clear Dodger, along with these adjacent clear cuts, may severely degrade habitat on a watershed scale.

Timber Sale Names: 

Clear Dodger (143 Acres, 1.7 MBF MMBF) Status: Sold, but not logged Bee Canyon

Driving Directions: 

Head to Estacada on 224, take a right where 211 splits off main road, it turns into road 45, heading toward town of Dodge. Go for aprox. 5 miles. It will climb, then level out and go down hill. At this point, keep eye out on left for Hillock Burn Road, take a left. Look for sign that says Mt. Hood National Forest, and there will be road to the right, yellow gate, gravel road, follow it, take another road to the right.

New Road Miles: 
0.00
Road Comments: 

Closed roads will be reopened to facilitate logging this forest. Reconstruction Miles: 4.7