No Whisky Timber Sale

After groundtruthing this timber sale, commenting throughout the NEPA process, and administratively appealing the Forest Service decision Bark resolved our appeal of the No Whisky Timber Sale. Ultimately, with the backing of over 5,000 members, 800 letters from Oregonians, and field data from dozens of Groundtruthers, Bark was able to negotiate with the Forest Service to:

  • Save 335 acres of forest from being logged in the timber sale, including all of the native mature forest
  • Invreased 'no-cut' buffers around streams to protect water quality
  • Stop the Forest Service from facilitating more off-road vehicle abuse in the area
  • Broker a deal to ensure money from logging would be used to restore areas destroyed by off-roaders.
Project Status: 
Logged
General Information
District: 
Clackamas
Total Acres: 
1,647.0
Watershed: 

Watershed: North Fork Clackamas Sub-Watersheds: Lower Clackamas Tributaries, Bedford Creek, Winslow Creek, Upper and Lower North Fork Clackamas

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

S&M Species: aquatic mollusk, pine martin , Cope's giant salamander, Oregon spotted frog T&E Species: Northern Spotted Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, down stream of project area Columbia River Bull Trout, Lower Columbia River Steelhead, Upper Willamette River Chinook Salmon, Lower Columbia River Chinook, Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon, Peregrine falcon Other Species: deer, elk, coyote Additional Species Info: Designated critical habitat for Upper Willamette River chinook, Lower Columbia River steelhead, and Lower Columbia River chinook occur downstream of the No Whiskey Project in the mainstem Clackamas River and the North Fork Clackamas River. Oregon spotted frog, Cope's giant salamander and peregrine falcon are three sensitive species likely to be affected by the project.

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
1,678.0
Total Riparian Acres: 
45.00
"Purpose & Need": 

Sell trees to be logged, thin to maximize future logging, make tree spacing less uniform by logging, grow bigger trees in Riparian Reserves by logging.

Bark Comments: 

All units either border or enter riparian reserves. Roads

Timber Sale Names: 

1929 (1647 Acres, 20 MMBF) Sold on 08/08/2006 Status:Logging Cold Sold on 08/08/2006 Status:Sold, but not logged Thunder Thin #2 Sold on 11/01/2006 Status: Sold, but not logged Dry Thin Stewardship Sold on 02/01/2007 Status: Sold, but not logged Shay Thin Stewardship Sold on 02/01/2007 Status: Post Appeal/Ready to be Auctioned

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

11/1 5/31: off-road equipment. Restricted Units: 6, 7, 8, 9 1/15 7/31: ambient noise restrictions (waivable after 6/30) . Restricted Units: 6, 7, 8, 9 1/15 7/31: no helicopter below 1500'. Restricted Units: units 1-14, 34-40

Driving Directions: 

Clackamas River Highway to 4610, north of 4610

New Road Miles: 
45.00
Temporary Road Miles: 
15.0
Road Comments: 

Road density in this area exceeds Forest Service guidelines. Many temporary and "closed" roads continue to be used long after the Forest Service attempts to close them, causing further damage for many years to come. Illegal usage of OHVs (off-highway vehicles) is rampant, even in closed and roadless areas, causing erosion, weeds, washouts, sediment deposition, noise and plant destruction. In 2002, Bark field surveys showed 26 of supposedly closed roads failed to keep out motorized vehicles.

Most importantly, the project area contains over 1000 acres of uninventoried roadless areas. Roadless areas are rare in Mt. Hood National Forest and provide valuable reserves for forest wildlife. Logging or road-building operations in these areas will undoubtedly inflict more harm than restoration in the project area.