This project is split up into three parts: 1) “Vegetation management” 2) road management & 3) aquatic restoration. “Vegetation management” includes 1,880 acres of variable-density thinning in second-growth plantations and on 260 acres of “Fire-originated” (mostly never-logged) forest. There are several other silvicultural activities proposed, such as “shelterwood harvest” of lodgepole pine forest, western white pine pruning (to save the trees from a pathogen “blister rust”), prescribed burning, and 60 acres of “regeneration harvest” (effectively clearcutting all but 15% of the trees).
After receiving Bark’s comments in opposition to the practice of “regeneration harvest,” the Forest Service cancelled 38 acres of logging from this unit, which was originally 98 acres in size. This allowed the Forest Service to be in compliance with its own Mt. Hood Forest Plan.
Road management includes nearly 14 miles of roadbuilding, 1.4 miles of road decommissioning, and 28 miles of road closures. Aquatic restoration includes log placements for fish, culvert replacements and restoring areas damaged by dispersed camping.
Over half of the Upper Clackamas watershed, where the project is located, is designated Critical Habitat for threatened northern spotted owls. The project area also includes extensive summer range for deer & elk, as well as several successful bull trout restoration projects. The Upper Clackamas Watershed is home to several previous road decommissioning projects that the Forest Service would need to undo in order to access logging units of the Hunter sale. Recreation opportunities within the project area includes the Burnt Granite trail #595 near Tarzan Springs and Rhododendron Ridge.