PRC & Bark Release New Recommendations for Protection of Freshwater Resources on Mt. Hood

Report Provides Policy Recommendations for Revision of Mt. Hood Forest Plan

Jan 16, 2013

Portland, OR – Today, the Pacific Rivers Council with Bark released a new report that provides policy recommendations for the long-term protection of freshwater resources on Mt. Hood National Forest. “Protecting Freshwater Resources on Mount Hood: Recommendations for Policy Changes” provides recommendations for the next revision of the Mt. Hood Forest Plan to ensure protection of the Forest’s water resources, including municipal supplies and aquatic species habitat. This revision by the U.S Forest Service is expected in 2016.

“Mt. Hood National Forest is absolutely vital to our region’s drinking water, fish habitat, and recreation, and so the Pacific Rivers Council produced this suite of recommendations for the Forest Service to better protect Mt. Hood’s water resources,” said Greg Haller, Conservation Director at the Pacific Rivers Council. “Adopting these protective policies in the next revision of the Mt. Hood Forest Plan will enable the Forest’s legacy of cold, clean water and the benefits it provides to continue for generations to come.”

Mt. Hood National Forest not only offers a wealth of recreational activities to Portlanders, but most people in the region also get their drinking water from this Forest, with the Bull Run and Clackamas Rivers providing water to over a million people.  The Forest’s rivers also support threatened species like coho and chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout.

Some of the recommendations in the report include:
•    Establishing significant no-cut buffers along all streams and screening criteria for timber management along those buffers
•    Road density reductions and a moratorium on road-building near streams and in key watersheds
•    Forest Service elevates water as the primary use of the Forest and ensures that all uses, including recreation, are consistent with water quality protection

“Protecting Freshwater Resources on Mount Hood: Recommendations for Policy Changes provides well-researched and vetted policy recommendations for the preservation of vital water resources in Mt. Hood National Forest while also creating a concise resource describing the current conditions and influences on Mt. Hood’s public waters,” said Olivia Schmidt, Program Director at Bark. “As the long-overdue revision to the Mt. Hood Forest Plan approaches, this report will be crucial to informing the public of what is at stake in the management of our public forests and encouraging the Forest Service to implement policy changes ensuring the protection of clean, abundant water in Mt. Hood National Forest.”

“Protecting Freshwater Resources on Mount Hood: Recommendations for Policy Changes” was produced through expert research and policy analysis by the Pacific Rivers Council and in partnership with Bark.

Download the full report here

Contact: Kate Geller at (503) 228-3555 or



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