The Polallie Cooper Hazardous Fuels Reduction Planning area is located on the Hood River Ranger District of the Mt. Hood National Forest.
The entire 7,300 acre planning area falls within the East Fork Hood River watershed. Over the past several decades, the combination of fire exclusion, several large scale disturbance events, endemic insect mortality and logging activities has resulted in higher stand densities, increased fuel, changed species composition, and an altered fire regime.
The overall purpose of this proposal is to reduce the fire hazard in order to protect life and property and to restore forest to conditions that are more resilient to wildfire on National Forest System (NFS) lands.
The desired future condition for the upland and riparian vegetation treatments areas is a multi-layer canopy with large diameter trees, well developed understory, more than one age class, and snags and down woody debris. Within areas in the WUI and dryer sites, the desired future condition is to develop an uneven-aged stand with canopy closure that would allow fire behavior to change from crown fire to surface fire, and to have stand species composition reflecting a low departure from the central tendency of the natural (historical) regime.
More project information can be found on the Forest Service site HERE.