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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/
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