Huckleberries are a major component of the understory vegetation in certain high elevation coniferous forests of the Mt. Hood National Forest.
Most popular huckleberry picking areas originated from uncontrolled wildfires that were common in the Northwest before modern fire protection and control techniques were applied. After a large wildfire, huckleberries resprout, become fully productive in 10 to 15 years and remain productive for many years. However, with fire exclusion, trees grow up and eventually produce too much shade. The bushes survive in the shade for many years but fruit production drops off until bushes are fruitless. The proposed enhancement project would thin second-growth stands to get more sunlight to the ground to improve huckleberry production.
Several high elevation areas on the Mt. Hood Forest
Districts: Clackamas River Ranger District, Zigzag Ranger District