Current Threat: Logging Planned for the Tamanawas Falls Area
The proposed "Polallie Cooper" logging project will clear cut forests in the proposed Tamanawas Falls Wilderness area on the east slope of Mount Hood. Logging would take place just north of the popular hiking trail. The overall plan is a mixture of restorative thinning of previously logged tree plantations and controversial logging. This project includes "gap" cutting. "Gap" is the fancy new term for clear cuts. There might be a few trees left but it will look a lot like a clear cut, in this project they will be up to five acres in size!
As of late August 2017, the project has been split into two parts, both including controversial components. The Tamanawas Falls logging is proposed to move forward first.
Recent Threat: Vista Ridge
Vista Ridge is arguably the most scenic alpine trail on Mount Hood – especially when the wildflowers bloom in mid-August. The trail is simply stunning with swaths of Lupine and Paintbrush.
In 2014, we were able to stop a project that would have logged over this iconic trail. The announcement removing part of the logging project was an important achievement for compromise and collaboration with the Forest Service and other stakeholders that removes the most controversial part of the plan.
Oregon State Rep. Ann Lininger was also instrumental in this breakthrough. She was able to leverage comments submitted by Oregon Wild members on this project to rally her fellow legislators and bring the Forest Service back to the table to work out the most controversial parts of this project.
The cancelled logging project is further proof that unless an area is protected as Wilderness, it could be threatened at any time by destructive logging.