Polallie Cooper II Timber Sale

On January 26, 2016 the Mt. Hood National Forest Released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Polallie Cooper II Timber Sale. Information about submitting comments is available online here.

In 2005 Bark and coalition of conservation, recreation and citizen groups celebrated the cancellation of the Polallie Cooper Timber Sale, which was one of a series of projects that would have gravely impacted the north side of Mt. Hood. Also proposed for the area were an expansion of the Cooper Spur Ski area and the construction of a destination resort by Mt. Hood Meadows. After years of pressure the timber sale was dropped and the resort plans were defeated. That’s why we were shocked to see the Forest Service has decided to revive the 3,000 acre Polallie Cooper Timber Sale.

Ten miles south of the community of Parkdale, Polallie Cooper includes the Wild and Scenic East Fork Hood River corridor, portions of the proposed Tamanawas Falls Wilderness, a wildlife migration corridor, a section of State Highway 35, the Cooper Spur winter sports area, hiking trails and a sensitive drinking water aquifer. It is adjacent to several private land holdings and surrounds a historic building beloved by cross country skiers, the Cooper Spur Warming Hut. Thus the U.S. Forest Service considers it an "urban interface." Of the 3,000 acres proposed for commercial logging, approximately 1,900 of these acres include mature, old growth or never-logged forest.

Popular trails affected by this proposal include Tilly Jane trail, Zigzag, Dog River, Wagon Road, Tilly Jane ski trail, Elk Meadows and East Fork.

Things have changed since the original Polallie Cooper Timber Sale was dropped in 2005. The Mt. Hood Wilderness Bill has expanded wilderness and established protections for the Crystal Springs Zone of Contribution, the watershed that serves much of Hood River County. Polallie-Cooper II is one of three newly proposed sales that are situated adjacent to one another, covering a massive stretch across the north of Mt. Hood National Forest. The two other sales are Red Hill and Lava. Thus it is important to for us to tell the Forest Service to investigate the cumulative impacts of logging that could total upwards of 7,000 acres.

Bark's network of volunteers are currently working on raising awareness about the Polallie Cooper area through our Community Mapping Project. With this project, we are working to demonstrate our values, understandings and interactions with the place, our “long but invisible history” of relating to the forest, the desire for change, and create an educational tool for all people who love Mt. Hood.

See Bark's photo-sets for Polallie Cooper II: https://www.flickr.com/photos/barkformthood/sets/72157640507902885/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/barkformthood/sets/72157634435975602/

Project Status: 
Proposed
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
2,960.0
Watershed: 

East Fork Hood River Watershed

Habitat & Species
Habitat & Species: 

Northern spotted owl, Harlequin duck, Cope's Giant salamander, Columbia River Bull Trout, Northern Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon & Pine Marten. Suitable habitat exists for Red Tree Voles and Wolverines.

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
2,960.0
"Purpose & Need": 

"To reduce the fire hazard in order to protect life and property and to restore forest to conditions that are more resilient to wildfire on National Forest System lands."

Bark Comments: 

This project includes 1,900 acres of "Recently Unmanaged Stand Thinning" (mostly never-logged forest), 440 acres of "Plantation Thinning", and 620 acres of "Sapling Thinning".

Within five years after logging, the Forest Service intends to use a variety of fuel treatments on these acres including pile burning, jackpot burning, mastication, underburning, & swamper burning.
 

Restrictions
Restrictions: 

 Popular trails affected by this proposal include Tilly Jane trail, Zigzag, Dog River, Wagon Road, Tilly Jane ski trail, Elk Meadows and East Fork.

Polallie Cooper would also impact a volunteer-maintained nordic trail to the historic Cooper Spur Warming Shelter.

Temporary Road Miles: 
12.0
Road Comments: 

To facilitate logging in this wild and scenic part of Mt. Hood National Forest, the Forest Service proposes to build 8 miles of NEW roads, and 4 miles of rebuilt roads