The Lava Restoration area is located on the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest. The large majority of the roughly 13,800 acre project area falls within the Middle Fork Hood River Watershed with smaller portions within the East Fork and West Fork Hood River Watersheds.
The stand composition, structure and densities in the project area have been altered by previous vegetation management, fire suppression, favorable climatic conditions for vegetation growth, and an increased presence and scale of native / non-native insects and diseases. This has led to high density stand conditions, which contributes to mortality of trees due to competition for nutrients, water and sunlight. Insects and diseases are also more likely to kill trees that grow in dense, crowded conditions.
The Lava Restoration proposal seeks to improve these conditions within the West, Middle and East Fork Hood River Watersheds through a variety of vegetative and road treatments.
In addition to the vegetative treatments, all of the National Forest System Roads within the project area were analyzed to determine if decommissioning or road closures were appropriate following the completion of the vegetation treatments.
More project information can be found on the Forest Service site HERE.