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The "Hunter Integrated Resource Project" is the latest large proposal in the Clackamas River Ranger District, generally located surrounding Hwy 46 near the Big Bottom Wilderness area and Austin Hot Springs.
So far this project is split up into three parts: 1) "Vegetation management" 2) road management & 3) aquatic restoration. "Vegetation management" includes 1,880 acres of variable-density thinning in second-growth plantations and on 260 acres of native, never-logged forest. There are several other silvicultural activities proposed, such as "shelterwood harvest" of lodgepole pine forest, western white pine pruning (to save the trees from a pathogen "blister rust"), prescribed burning, and 98 acres of "regeneration harvest" (effectively clearcutting all but 15% of the trees).
Road management includes nearly 14 miles of roadbuilding, 1.4 miles of road decommissioning, and 28 miles of road closures. Aquatic restoration includes log placements for fish, culvert replacements and restoring areas damaged by dispersed camping.
Over half of the Upper Clackamas watershed, where the project is located, is designated Critical Habitat for threatened Northern spotted owls. The project area also includes extensive summer range for deer & elk, as well as several successful bull trout restoration projects. The Upper Clackamas Watershed is home to several previous road decommissioning projects that the Forest Service would need to first undo to access logging units of the Hunter sale. Recreation opportunities within the project area includes the Burnt Granite trail #595 near Tarzan Springs and Rhododendron Ridge.
We are especially concerned about logging and roadbuilding in the area of Burnt Granite, a 2,135 acre roadless area with virtually no history of logging.
Our Summer Base Camp will focus on gathering detailed information about this sale and we will need many volunteers with us out in the forest in order to cover this much ground. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in visiting this area and collecting information about the forests under proposal for logging and other activities mentioned above.
Road work includes 127 miles of road maintenance & repair, 2 miles of new "temporary" roadbuiding, 10.2 miles of "temporary" road reconstruction (7.1 miles of which were previously decommissioned), 1.4 miles of road decommissioning, 28 miles of road closures, & 0.3 miles of roads permanently rebuilt.