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3/10/04 The Forest Service began the 2004 logging season on Mt. Hood early, obtaining controversial winter logging waivers on the East Fivemile timber sales. Logging at East Fivemile will result in a take '(i.e. killing) of three Northern spotted owls despite their status as an Endangered Species. It's important to contact your elected officials and let them know that logging old growth when less than 5% remains in the United States is totally unacceptable. West Five Mile was auctioned to High Cascade Lumber on May 30th 2003 for $84. 870.90. East Fivemile was auctioned to High Cascade lumber for $480 357.58 on March 7th, 2003.
The 5 Mile sales are fairly high elevation eastside transition forest containing a mix of old-growth and young dense stands. The fire lookout on Fivemile Butte is near the middle of the sale. Fivemile was intended to reduce fire risk yet they removed many of the largest most fire-resistant trees and log within riparian areas.
East Fivemile (463 Acres, 3.351 MMBF, 6435 CCF) Sold on Mar-07-2003 to High Cascade Status: Finished West Fivemile (394 Acres, 5.3 MMBF, 8751 CCF) Sold on May-30-2003 to High Cascade Status: Logging
Take I-84 East out of Portland - Exit at exit #64 Highway 35, White Salmon and Government Camp - Turn Right, twice, off the exit, following signs for Hwy. 35 South, Gov 't Camp and Mt. Hood In 0.1 mile, go straight through the 4-way stop, still following Hwy. 35 South - Follow Hwy 35 for 25.6 miles (note that at 13.3 miles is the Parkdale turnoff and Mt. Hood Country Store a good place to regroup the car convoy) - Turn left on Road 44 follow for 10.5 miles, staying right at the junction at the 5.2 mile mark - Turn left on Road 4440, marked with a sign for Lower Crossing Campground " follow for total 4.9 miles staying left at junction at the 1.6 mile mark- Turn Left on 190 stay right at first junction and follow to camping spot 1 mile down road 190"
current road density 3.2 miles per square acre. The Prospectus lists the Road Reconstruction at 22.8 km. Reconstruction for West Five Mile is 2.4 km. Reconstruction Miles: 0.5