Development and logging threaten Cooper Spur

The northeast side of Mt. Hood, or the Cooper Spur area provides a pristine, yet accessible alpine backcountry experience for those who Nordic and telemark ski, snowshoe, hike and alpine climb. The Cooper Spur area is steeped in history, having first been used as a backcountry recreation haven in the 1880s and continuing through today.  Fortunately, part of the area has been listed on the National Historic Register.  For generations, Klickitat basketmakers gathered cedar roots from this area for use in making their coiled huckleberry baskets.  The forest here is also a watershed for a quarter of the people living in its vicinity.  The valley below is one of the nationís agricultural showpieces, famous worldwide for its pears - more than 30% of the United States' winter pears are grown here, as are over 11% of the nation's Bartlett pears.  This unique area benefits all who live in Oregon.  Unfortunately, the Cooper Spur area, the Crystal Springs watershed, and the agricultural community are currently threatened by:

  1. Meadows North LLC plans for a 4-season destination resort
  2. Logging: Polallie-Cooper  project and Clear timber sale
  3. Massive expansion of the Cooper Spur Ski Area

Meadows North LLC, is a subsidiary company of Mt. Hood Meadows, owned by Franklin Drake of Portland. Meadows North LLC was created to develop the north side of Mt. Hood. As a developer on the south side of the mountain, Meadows does not have a good environmental record, an additional item that red-flags the development proposals.

The following maps are provided by the Oregon Wild:

Simple map (PDF)            Comprehensive Boundaries (PDF)  Threats to Cooper Spur (PDF) 
Simple map (WORD)  Comprehensive Boundaries (WORD)  Threats to Cooper Spur (WORD) 

updated: 12/2010

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