Logging Threatens Vista Ridge on Mount Hood
Current Threat: Logging Planned for the Tamanawas Falls Area
The proposed logging project called Polallie Cooper would log in areas right near the popular Tamanawas Falls hiking trail. Logging plans were the result of a collaborative effort with numerous stakeholders at the table, including Oregon Wild. Those collaborative meetings resulted in finding a number of areas of common ground. Other areas were found to be controversial and didn't receive consensus input from all stakeholders. The resulting project included restorative thinning of tree plantations but also includes controversial logging in areas proposed for Wilderness protection.
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.