Friends of Mount Hood is especially interested in protecting the alpine meadows, wetlands, streams,
wildlife, and forested slopes on the mountain.
For more than two decades, Friends of Mount Hood has worked to safeguard the natural environment
at ski areas that operate on national forest land under special use permits.
These high alpine areas contain
fragile alpine meadows and wetlands, clear flowing streams that feed into larger rivers downstream,
and high alpine stands of mountain hemlock and slow growing white bark pine.
Over the years Friends of Mount Hood has opposed various plans for major resort developments at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area and
more recently, a destination resort near the Cooper Spur Ski Area.
ALERT: Timberline's proposal for mountain bike park is approved by the Forest Service
On November 27, 2012, the Supervisor of the Mt. Hood National Forest released the Final Environmental Assessment (EA)
documents which were prepared by the Forest Service to analyze the impact on the environment resulting from
implementing the Timberline proposal to construct and operate lift-assisted mountain bike trails and a skills
park at the ski area. While acknowledging that the Timberline proposal may have some adverse impacts on the environment,
Supervisor Chris Worth concluded that the EA supported a "Finding of No Significant Impact" (FONSI) for the project.
This "finding" allows Timberline to begin working on the project unless it is overturned through an administrative appeal with the Forest Service or a challenge in the federal court system.
On May 16, 2013, Friends of Mount Hood and three other
groups filed in the U.S. District Court a challenge to the Forest Service approval of the
Timberline Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Park Proposal.
Visit the webpage Timberline Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Park Proposal for more information about
the proposal and to learn about some of the adverse impacts
that are likely to result from the operation of a lift-assisted mountain bike park at the high
elevation site of the project.
On June 26, 2013, the District Court entered an order enjoining construction of the downhill
bike trails and skills park until the Court reaches a decision on the merits of the lawsuit.
More information on the Court Order is given in
the article Press Statement on Court Injunction.
For additional information on Friends of Mount Hood, please visit the following web pages:
Donations to Friends of Mount Hood support our ongoing effort to protect the environment on the mountain.
Friends of Mount Hood is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent
allowed by law.
Friends of Mount Hood Board members: Karl Anuta, Lou Daily, Helen Herner, Phyllis Kirk,
Jack Grauer, Kate McCarthy, Barbara Wilson, Chris Winter, John Wood.
Chairperson: Dennis Chaney
Do you have a love for Mt. Hood and the desire to help protect the mountain from unwarranted over-commercialization? Do you
have a background in nonprofit fund raising or experience in grant writing? Friends of Mount Hood is announcing a new board position
for the right person who meets these criteria. All Friends of Mount Hood board positions are filled by vounteers. For more information, please
contact us at FOMH@comcast.net.