Projects

This Projects and Plans web page contains a frequently updated list of projects planned and completed since our last quarterly Schedule of Proposed Actions (SOPA) was published. This page is not our formal Schedule of Proposed Actions.  We will continue to notify interested members of the public using our normal notification procedures via the SOPA and our mailing list.

 

Mt. Hood National Forest Project Archive



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2009 Clackamas Restoration Projects

District-wide restoration project including side channels along rivers for better fish habitat, improve fish passage at culverts, road closures, and restoration of unauthorized shooting damage. Includes CFR closure for shooting.

2011 Middle Fork Irrigation District Projects

Three projects would be completed by MFID within the permit area: Eliot Irrigation Ditch Tree Removal, Flow Meter Installation, & Water Level Monitoring Device Installation. A fourth project (PIT Tag Antennas) would be completed by the USFS.

2012 Forestwide Restoration

Restore specific high priority watersheds that have been identified through Watershed Restoration Action Plans as well as other high priority restoration projects outside these watersheds.

2013 Middle Fork Irrigation District Projects

Four projects would be completed by MFID within the permit area: (1) Clear Branch Dam Parapet Wall Refurbishment; (2) Right-of-Way Bushing; (3) Sediment Basin Cleaning; and, (4) Wood Placement Below Clear Branch Dam.

AeroVironment Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Construction of an electric vehicle charging station in the Skibowl West parking lot

Billy Bob Fuels Reduction

The purpose of this proposal is to reduce hazardous fuels in the area around the Camp Baldwin Boy Scout Camp. The proposed activities would reduce the risk of an uncharacteristically severe wildfire, improve community wildfire protection, and move the landscape toward more sustainable conditions.

Blue Ridge Fault Trench

Construct a trench to facilitate conducting geologic research on fault scarps. Trench is approx 100-ft long by 10-ft wide by 15-ft deep. The trench would be open for 2-3 weeks. The site would be restored after the research is completed.

Bridge 1825 Replacement Environmental Assessment

The bridge on Forest Road 1825 was damaged during the fall flood of 2006. The proposed project would repair or replace the damaged bridge.

Buttercup Ski Lift Replacement

To increase capacity and improve traffic flow, a new ski lift and new terminal sites will be installed and the alignment will be changed and extended at Buttercup ski lift. A new access road and utility lines will be constructed as connected actions.

C800 Group Communication Facility

Improve public agency emergency service communications available along the highways leading to Mt. Hood and the Timberline Ski Area, as well as the surrounding forestlands.

Cascade Crest Fuel Break

The purpose of this project is to aid in the suppression of large scale wildfires.

Cascade Huts 2011 Proposal

Cascade Huts operates three huts within the Mt Hood National Forest. An additional 2 huts would be added to its inventory available for rent in 2011.The huts are to be placed on existing roads. Proposed locations are the 1700-680 and 4431 Roads.

Cascade Utility Fiber Optic Line

instalation of fiber optic line under roads from Ripplebrook to Highway 26

Clackamas Road Decommissioning for Habitat Restoration, Increment 1

The Clackamas River Ranger District, Mt. Hood National Forest proposes to decommission select roads for aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration.

Clear Branch Dam Safety Improvements

Remove approximately 30 trees from the south Clear Branch Dam abutment and add riprap to the upstream (west) face of the dam as per FERC directive to improve dam integrity and safety.

Cloud Cap Road Tree Removal and Native Vegetation Planting for Gnarl Ridge Fire Area

Remove felled trees within 100-feet of Cloud Cap Road. The equipment would remain in road prism, and would swing logs onto trucks or pull logs with cable and picked them up with grapples. Logs would be stored for future aquatic restoration projects.

Cloud Cap Weather Station

Install & maintain solar powered weather station in Ghost Ridge area, near Cloud Cap Road. Station requires: weather proof building, precipitation gage, antenna tower, snow pillow, solar panels, air temp/pressure sensors, wind gage, and fencing.

Coe Diversion Grade Control Project

Middle Fork Irrigation District proposes to construct a roughened channel at two existing partial fish passage barriers. Large boulders would be added to the channel below the existing boulder weirs to create a steep riffle that is passable by fish.

Cool Creek EA

Reissuance of Special Use Permit for recreation residences (summer homes)

DB Cooper Fuel Reduction Demonstration Project

This project is a collaborative effort to identify possible fuels reduction activities on 30 acres in and around the wildland-urban interface around Cooper Spur. Activities could include thinning, fuelbreaks, and/or prescribed burning.

Eastside Precommercial Thinning 2010-2017

Hood River and Barlow Districts propose to precommerical thin (PCT) approximately 15,000 acres of young (10-30 year old), overstocked plantations. PCT is completed by hand crews with chainsaws cutting down trees less than 6-inches in diameter.

Eliot Irrigation Ditch Improvements

Middle Fork Irrigation District will be conducting 2 maintenance projects on the Eliot Irrigation Ditch. Project #1 will replace a flushing gate with a hand-operated metal gate and project #2 will install a Powder River gate on the ditch access path.

Forest Road 1828 Road Repair

Forest Road 1828 was damaged during the fall flood of 2006. The proposed project consists of long-term repairs to flood damaged sections of the road.

Forest Road 2612 Slide Repair

A landslide obliterated a 200 foot section of Forest Road 2612. The project will repair the road at the slide site.

Forest-wide Bough Program

bough harvest across the forest

Gate Creek OHV Crossing Project

Construct a trail from Gate Creek Staging Area to Forest Service Road 4830. The trail would be would have two stream crossings over Gate Creek. This would add 0.8 miles of newly designated OHV trail and 0.2 miles of new mixed-use along FSR 4830.

Geotechnical Investigations CE for the Proposed Cascade Crossing Transmission Project

Geotechnical investigations on National Forest System lands for the proposed Cascade Crossing Transmission Project

Geothermal Leasing Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The Forest Service was a cooperating agency, assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in that Agency's geothermal leasing analysis and decision. The BLM issued a record of decision on 12/17/2008.

Glacier Ditch Piping

MFID proposes to install 500 of 18-inch HDPE pipe in the upper Glacier ditch on National Forest Lands. This is part of a larger project that will pipe approximately 10,000 feet of Glacier ditch.

Huckleberry Enhancement Thin

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.

Hunchback Mountain Land Exchange

The Forest Service would convey 160 acres of property on Wildcat Mtn. Road and acquire 160 acres of county land at Hunchback Mountain near Zigzag, Oregon, and aqcuire 276 acres of land near Waldport, Oregon.

Knebal Springs Super Connector Trail Construction

Construct 4 miles of trail to move existing route off FS Roads 1700 & 1720. Minimal clearing would be needed since the majority of the project is on skid roads used for The Dalles Fuelbreak project. Only 0.4 miles of trail would be new construction.

Lake Branch Thin

Thinning of 2,163 acres of second-growth plantations. Includes thinning in matrix and riparian reserves.

Lemiti Guzzler

Installation of a device to provide drinking water to wildlife

Meadows Creek Culvert Replacement

Replace two culverts on Meadows Creek to remove fish passage barriers. The culverts are located: under Highway 35 (at approximately river mile (RM) 1.8) and the one immediately downstream of the Highway (on Forest Road 3500-680).

Mt. Hood Meadows 2011 Summer Projects

Complete projects in the MHM ski permit area, including repairing ski trail signs, replacing sign posts, installing fiber optic cable/footings for lift ticket validation system, installing winch anchor, & installing two flumes for a water study.

Mt. Hood Meadows 2013 Maintenance Projects

Complete maintenance projects within Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort permit area. Projects include: trail sign replacement, new trail signs at Shooting Star, Nordic ski trail maintenance, Kinnikinnick stumping grinding, and fiber optic line installation.

Mt. Hood Meadows Annex Parking Lot Paving

Proposal by Mt Hood Meadows Ski Resort to pave the Annex parking lot, add bioswales for stormwater treatment and to protect Mitchell Creek, and restore a small wetland in the southwest corner of the lot.

Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area Enhancements EA

1) Replace & upgrade Stadium Chair Lift; 2) Restore wetland at the base on the existing lift; 3) Restore approx 1 acre of wetland between the Blue and Mt Hood Express chairlifts; 4) Replace the culvert on the North service road to allow debris flow.

Native Vegetation Planting for Gnarl Ridge Fire Area

Plant approximately 300 acres in the severely burned area from Gnarl Ridge Fire with native tree species, native shrub and grass species to restore the native ecosystem and minimize soil erosion. Project is outside designated or proposed wilderness.

North Fork Mill Creek Restoration Project

The project is a collaborative approach to fuels reduction and restoration in the North Fork Mill, Mosier, and West Fork Neal watersheds. It includes timber harvest, road closures/decommission, road management, restoration, and fuels reduction.

PGE Sirens

Installation of sirens on poles to warn forest visitors in the event of a dam failure.

Portland General Electric Bethel-Round Butte Transmission Line Project

Authorize a special use permit for Portland General Electric to continue to operate electrical tranmission lines across National Forest lands on the Willamette, Mt. Hood, and Ochoco National Forests.

Post Office Club Driveway Construction

Authorize the construction of an access/egress driveway to an Organization Camp (Post Office Club) cabin which is location on National Forest System land.

Precommercial Thinning Program

precommercial thinning of plantations on the Clackamas River and Zigazag Ranger Districts

Ramsey Creek - Fish Passage Enhancement Project

Restore stream habitat connectivity in Ramsey Creek drainage for steelhead trout and interior redband trout. Project would remove two cement headwalls from the stream channel that are juvenile salmonid fish barrier.

Red Hill Drive Bridge Replacement

Flooding in 2006 washed out the bridge over the Middle Fork of Hood River (Red Hill Drive Bridge). The proposed project will replace the bridge. The bridge will be designed to sustain future flood events.

Red Hill Restoration

Improve forest health in Upper West Fork Hood River subwatershed. Potential treatments include plantation thinning, riparian enhancement, fuels reduction, habitat improvement & huckleberry enhancement.

Reissue Campground Concessionaire Permits

Reissue campground concessionaire permits for sites that have been managed under concessionaire permits for an additional 10-year term. Additional sites which are currently managed by the Forest Service are being considered for concessionaire management under a separate analysis in an Environmental Assessment (Campground Concessionaire EA).

Rethin

The Mt. Hood National Forest proposes a restoration thinning project in stands ranging in age from 47 to 73 years old. The project is located in the Clackamas River Ranger District, Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon. The purpose of this project is to thin second-growth stands to achieve multiple objectives. These stands have already been thinned once but they have grown to the point where thinning is again appropriate.

Rhododendron Water Association Diversion Maintenance

Structural reinforcement to the exposed underside of the diversion structure for the Rhododendron Water Association's operations in Henry Creek, which has eroded away and is in need of repair.

Road Decommissioning for Aquatic Restoration

In order to improve hydrologic function and reduce adverse impacts to aquatic habitat, this project proposes to decommission unneeded roads in several priority sixth-field subwatersheds.

Road Decommissioning for Habitat Restoration (Clackamas River Ranger District), Increment 2

The Mt. Hood National Forest is now preparing an environmental assessment to improve hydrologic function and reduce adverse impacts to aquatic habitat by proposing to decommission unneeded road on the Clackamas River Ranger District. We are now seeking comments from those that may be interested in or affected by this proposal. Your comments will help us assess the proposed action, develop alternatives, and prepare the environmental assessment.

Road Decommissioning for Habitat Restoration (Zigzag Ranger District), Increment 2

Decommissioning roads to improve hydrologic function and reduce adverse impacts to aquatic and terrestrial habitats on the Zigzag Ranger District.

Rock Creek Sapling Thinning and Underburning

Hand-thin and underburn approximately 1,215 acres of ponderosa pine/Oregon white oak and ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir stands. Only trees less than 8-inch diameter at breast height (DBH) would be removed.

Salmon River Side Channel 23a Restoration CE

The purpose of this project is to reactivate a historic side channel at river mile 8.9 on the Salmon River to increase habitat complexity for the benefit of salmonid and riparian species.

Site-Specific Invasive Plant Treatment EIS for Mt. Hood NF/CRGNSA (Oregon)

The Mt. Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon are proposing treatment on 208 sites (approximately 13,000 acres). The purpose of this project is to reverse the negative impacts caused by the invasive plants and to restore ecological communities and function at the impacted treatment sites in a cost-effective manner that meets current management direction. The establishment and spread of invasive plants can be slowed, with timely action. The EIS was developed to treat invasive plants and to utilize the new tools and management direction in Pacific Northwest Region Invasive Plant Program - Preventing and Managing Invasive Plants Record of Decision and Final Environmental Impact Statement

Skyline Toilet Replacement

There are inadequate toilet facilities at Skyline Sno-park to accommodate weekend use. The project proposal is to install another vault toilet next to the existing toilet. The proposed site is in a graveled, compacted old road bed.

Sportsman's Paradise Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project

The purpose of this proposal is to reduce hazardous fuels around the community of Sportsman?s Paradise. The proposed activities would reduce the risk of an uncharacteristically severe wildfire, improve community wildfire protection, and move the landscape toward more sustainable conditions.

Temporary Concessionaire Permit

Issue a temporary, one year, special use permit for recreation sites that are currently managed by the Forest Service. Twenty-seven developed recreation sites across the Forest which have been managed by the Forest Service are proposed to be managed under a temporary concessionaire special use permit. Long-term concessionaire management of these sites is under environmental review (Campground Concessionaire EA) under a separate analysis. This action is being categorically excluded because it involves approval of a short-term (1 year or less) special use authorization.

The Dalles Watershed Fuel Break

Fuelbreak around the perimeter and on major interior roads of the City of The Dalles Municipal Watershed. The proposal is a result of a collaborative effort.

The Dalles Watershed Phase II

Reduce hazardous fuels on approx 2400 acres within The Dalles Municipal Watershed. This project focuses on the interior of the watershed, including in-holdings. Activities may include commercial/sapling thinning, underburning, piling, and/or pruning.

Timberline Express Chairlift

Construction of a new chairlift and ski trail network in the southwest corner of Timberline Ski Area permit area.

Timberline Lodge Landmark Sign

Construct a landmark sign at the junction of Highway 26 and Timberline Road (Rd. 173) to help visitors find Timberline Lodge.

Timberline Lodge Walking Trails Reconstruction

This project will relocate short sections of trail and reconstruct the walking trails above Timberline Lodge to the PCT. It will remove the broken asphalt and replace the trails with packed gravel. At least one trail will be ADA compliant.

Timberline Lodge Waterline Replacement

The current water supply line to the lodge was installed in 1962 and has outlived its design life. It is leaking; has high maintenance needs; and will likely fail in the near future. A new modern water line in needed to provide reliable water.

Timberline Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Park

RLK & Company propose to develop a managed, lift-assisted mountain bike trails and skills park within the permit area of the Timberline Ski Area. Approximately 8-9 acres of ground disturbance would occur.

U.S. Cellular Tower - Bennett Pass

Install at 180-foot black monopole cell tower to serve north Highway 35 and Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. Capable of handling 2 to 3 co-locators (e.g., Hood River Sheriff's Office). Buried powerline from the Mt. Hood Meadows overpass.

Upper Clack Thin

The Mt. Hood National Forest proposes a commercial thinning project in plantations ranging in age from 42 to 56 years old. The project is located in the Clackamas River Ranger District, Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon. The purpose of this project is to thin second-growth plantations to achieve multiple objectives. The proposed action is to thin and harvest wood fiber from approximately 1094 acres of matrix land, late-successional reserves and riparian reserves.

Warm Springs Maintenance Station Housing Improvements

At junction of Hwy 26 and 216, demo an existing duplex, large garage and washroom building. Buildings would be replaced with two new single family dwellings with detached garages in approximately the same location. See supporting documents for maps.

White River Wetland Fencing

Protect three small sensitive spring/wetland areas from over utilization by livestock in the White River Grazing Allotment by placing a four strand barbwire (wildlife fence) or buck-n-pole fence. Fences would be built by hand.

Zigzag Ranger Station Office Expansion and Remodel

This project proposes to expand and remodel the Zigzag Ranger District Office.


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