Hilynx Timber Sale

10/09/05 Hipo Units 1A, 1C, 1D, 2, 4, 5, and 6 have been logged. Hi-North Units 1, 6, and 14 have been logged.5/1/05 Hipo 2 has been logged. This thinning project looks like a clearcut. See our photos or visit the area yourself to see what so-called "good forest management" looks like.

3/10/04 Bark learned that the Forest Service began the 2004 logging season on Mt. Hood early, obtaining controversial winter logging waivers on Hipo. The Hilynx area has some of the oldest hemlock trees in Oregon slated to be logged because they are 'diseased ' even though the targeted disease is a natural fungus that is praised by biologists for creating habitat for an array of endangered species. These sales target many of the remaining older forest stands in the area some right off of Highway 26. This area has a high density of recreation use with many trails some right off of Highway 26. This area has a high density of recreation use with many trails dispersed camping sights and usage by hunters. There are lots of seeps and streams running between the units.

The Hipo sale was sold on 11/22 to Dodge Lumber. The Hi-North was sold on 9/12/03 to High Cascades logging company for $110 per/ccf. Hi South was sold off 10/17/2003. Rock was sold on 11/6/03 to Thomas Creek Lumber $105 CCF. '

Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Barlow Ranger District
Total Acres: 
957.0
Watershed: 

Clear Creek, Frog Creek

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: Nephroma Occultum T&E Species: NSO CHU OR 11998 NSO Bi-Op 1 NSO activity area, 3 nearWolverine Other Species: Northern Goshawk

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
957.0
"Purpose & Need": 

The Barlow Ranger District proposes to harvest trees in stands that exhibit Indian Paint and other disesease and thin stands to reduce tree density. ' Many of the prescriptions recomend 'lowering the hemlock component. ' This sale states that we need to get rid of trees with endemic diseases or suceptible to endemic diseases, especially western hemlocks. We are told for many of the units 'These stands meet the mature function criteria except for the wood fiber component. ' That is, the Forest Service wants to log the forest not because it is not a functional forest but because endemic diseases which are part of a natural forest cycle. 'It came to a point where we had to log or just leave it alone ' stated the Barlow District, Hydrologist. - The Business Journal, July 13, 2001.'

Bark Comments: 

cathedral development thinning 163 acres late seral salvage 194 acres multi-story development 175 acres recovery harvest 124 acres rehabilitation harvest 44 acresWe noticed a large number of healthy large douglas fir and hemlock and some large cedar targeted by this sale.

Timber Sale Names: 

Hipo (290 Acres, 1.824 MMBF, 6509 CCF) Sold on Nov-22-2002 to Dodge Lumber Status: Logging Hi-North (200 Acres, 4542 CCF) Sold on Sep-12-2003 to High Cascade Status: Logging Hi-South (164 Acres, 392 CCF) Sold on Oct-17-2003 to High Cascade Status: Logging Rock (140 Acres, 3000 CCF) Sold on Nov-06-2003 to Thomas Creek Status: Finished Hi-Thin (163 Acres, 3306 CCF) Sold on Mar-10-2006 Status: Post Appeal/Ready to be Auctioned

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

March 1 - June 30 : no harvesting. Restricted Units: all

Driving Directions: 

Take Highway 26 to road 43. Turn right on Road 43. Most of the units are off of 4310 (turn right on 4310). Some of the units (such as Hipo 7) are right off of Highway 26. There will be a visual impact to Highway 26 by the amount of logging planned so close. The timber Sale project are is located north of Warm Springs Reservation mostly north and east of the junction of Hwy 26 and Road 43 Road 43 is the western boundary of the sale stretching north to close to the White River.

Road Comments: 

Temporary roads in units 4,10, and 30. Current road density is 3.09 miles per square mile. 2.5 is recomended limit for road density.