The Mt. Hood National Forest Service needs to remove old logging roads which cause negative impacts to fish, wildlife, and water quality. Bark and our recreation and conservation allies helped to secure restoration funding from Congress and the creation of the “incremental road decommissioning process” (deconstructing roads to restore the landscape) under former Forest Supervisor Gary Larson in 2008. The agency began by analyzing sub-watersheds throughout the forest to identify and decommission unneeded, problematic roads within these areas.
Bark worked with the Clackamas Stewardship Partners collaborative group to influence the Forest Service to focus on old roads in the Upper Clackamas Watershed. The pilot project was to include an inventory of the roads and use the data to implement a full road decommissioning and aquatic restoration plan for the watershed.
Increment 1 planned for 113 miles of road closures in the Upper Clackamas Watershed. Bark continues to work with the Forest Service to see this work implemented.