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The North Clack project is in a very preliminary stage of planning, and unit boundaries are being identified within it's project area for incorporation in this "Integrated Resource Project". So far the Forest Service has revealed their focus on areas to reintroduce "regeneration harvest" (with 15% retention of standing trees). There are however several opportunities to enhance wildlife habitat in this area, including beavers which are indicators of a healthy aquatic ecosystem.
The project area has a history of logging and wildfire. The area was originally privately owned and logging began using a railroad and steam donkey system (pictured right). After several logging and railroad-related fires, much of the burned area was salvage logged. Some of this land was transferred to the Forest Service as part of a settlement for fire damages, and much of it re-seeded naturally creating a forest structure of multiple ages of conifers.
This project area contains over 1,000 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.
(above) Area of North Clack naturally regenerated from 1902 fire