Before the Forest Service auctions a timber sale off, often a precommercial thinning that occurs. This is an effort to take out shrubs and small trees that will be in the way of harvest and not be desirable to a logging company. The Hood River district is proposing this 5,000 acre pre-commercial thinning for projects in the next six years. It will require new roads and potentially not be in compliance with the Northwest Forest Plan. This project is a categorical exclusion (CE).