Watershed Restoration

The watersheds of Mt. Hood National Forest not only provide safe drinking water for over one million people they also serve as vital habitat for the culturally iconic salmon.

Both animal and native plant species that have adapted to the vibrant temperate rainforest ecosystems depend on this water-rich landscape where human communities also thrive, the latter finding both sustenance and recreation opportunities.

For more than a century, industrial-scale, commercial logging has caused the degradation of these invaluable watersheds. Tree plantations have replaced wetlands. Logging roads have disrupted flows and increased erosion. Clear cutting has depleted soils and increased stream temperatures. To recover from these impacts and to adapt to the changing climate, watersheds need our dedicated support and stewardship to increase their complexity and resilience to the changes we impose onto the landscape.

Color photo of orange colored watery run off from a logging road. Up ahead there is a backhoe in a recently logged area of the forest.

Learn how Mt. Hood National Forest's watersheds and road systems are interwined.

Color photo of a beaver, recently having swum, clasping its own hands on a rock in front of water.

Watershed restoration would not be possible without the state animal: the beaver.