Waucoma Timber Sale

"Waucoma Huckleberry Enhancement" is the next large project being examined by the Hood River Ranger District. Located on the northeast corner of Mt. Hood National Forest within the West Fork Hood River watershed, Waucoma is surrounded by the protected Mark O Hatfield Wilderness to the north and west, and the highly fragmented Longview and Hood River County timberlands to the south and east. The project is primarily located in Matrix/Timber Emphasis land allocations, although much of this land is steep, roadless and remote.

Other Forest Service land allocations include a Roaded Recreation area near Ottertail Lake, and a Backcountry Lake area surrounding Black Lake in the western project area. Other existing recreation opportunities include Warren Lake, Mt. Defiance (in photo), and trails currently used by mountain bikers including the Kingsley Wahtum trail. The Waucoma project area includes irrigation infrastructure associated with the Kingsley Reservior, which is also the site of an Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) staging area managed by Hood River County. Here is an interactive web map of the Waucoma planning area that was recently posted online by the Forest Service

Bark is participating in the Hood River Stew Crew, which is a collaborative group of many "stakeholders" working to develop management recommendations for this area. As of 2018, the Forest Service has shared the following:

  • The project has been re-framed to focus mostly on promoting huckleberry growth through removal of the forest canopy, down to 30% canopy cover. This would be done through "variable density thinning from below, and shelterwood and intermediate thinning."
  • The stands that the Forest Service is looking at for logging range between 30-180 years old. With a significant percentage of stands being in the 80-100, 101-179, and 180+ age range.
  • The total area the Forest Service is proposing for logging is 3,263 acres.
  • In order to facilitate logging in Waucoma, the Forest Service is proposing four project-level Forest Plan Ammendments relating to the age of stands proposed for cutting, and the size of openings created.

While the Forest Service is proposing this project, the potential Waucoma Backcountry Recreation Area will be a unique opportunity to showcase collaboration between diverse advocacy groups to achieve both conservation and recreation goals in Mt. Hood National Forest. By partnering with recreation advocates, Bark is charting a new course to protect the forest, enhance wildlife habitat and create more opportunities for quiet recreation near Mt. Hood.

Project Status: 
Proposed
General Information
District: 
Hood River Ranger District
Total Acres: 
3,263.0
Watershed: 

West Fork Hood River Watershed

Prescriptions
Total Acres: 
3,263.0
"Purpose & Need": 

"The purpose of the project is to create and maintain current and future huckleberry habitat across the landscape to benefit cultural and recreational uses."