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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:
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
Clackamas River Highway to 4610, north of 4610
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.