LATEST NEWS

Why you should be worrying about roads
10/29/2014

Quick question:

What do you think poses the biggest obstacle both to ecosystem health and recreation access in our forests?

In case you hadn’t guessed it from the title, the answer is roads.

Believe it or not, Mt. Hood National Forest is caught in a web of roadways that, placed end to end, would stretch all the way to Miami, Florida—a good 3,000 miles away.

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Tell the Forest Service to get rid of crumbling old logging roads!
10/28/2014

The rain is falling hard and our forest roads are washing away! The Forest Service can only maintain 15.8% of the roads in Mt. Hood National Forest. Here's how you can help decide which ones it keeps for recreation and which ones it restores to protect water quality.

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Bark Alert: 5 ways you can stop Nestle!
10/23/2014

The water remains in our hands--with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. But this is not a done deal. In spite of overwhelming public opposition, the process is about to advance again! Please take one or all of these actions right now to stop Nestlé from receiving an unprecedented exchange of state-owned water and permits for its first Pacific Northwest water bottling plant…

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46 local businesses and organizations call for Mt. Hood National Forest to Prioritize Restoration and Recreation
10/22/2014

Today,  a coalition of local businesses and organizations, representing farmers, recreation groups, business owners, religious interests and conservations groups across the Mt. Hood region, called for Forest Supervisor Lisa Northrop to shift the focus of land management in Mt. Hood National Forest from logging to watershed health and recreation.

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ACTION ALERT: Stop logging roads from limiting recreation
10/16/2014

What if you could improve Oregon’s water quality, recreation access, and economy without spending a dime?

Mt. Hood National Forest is in crisis. Though it supports a $50 million tourist economy, the Forest Service can only aford to maintain 15.8% of its 3,000-mile road network. Most are old, disused logging roads that dump sediment into our waterways and damage salmon habitat. And with road maintenance budgets spread thin, even roads to popular recreation areas are crumbling.

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Are forest fires good for forests?
10/01/2014

On my desk at the Bark office is a single Trivial Pursuit card. The Science & Nature question asks: “Are forest fires good for forests? What do you think the answer is?”

If you, like so many millions of Americans, have been brought up with Smokey Bear’s “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” and are accustomed to reading headlines like “Blazing inferno destroys forest”, you may well answer the trivia question “no.”

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Forest Service Open House: Clackamas River District
Wed, Nov 5th at 5:30 pm

Public input during the TAP will inform future decisions about projects such as road decommissioning and road-to-trail conversions.

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Forest Service Open House: Zigzag Ranger District
Thu, Nov 6th at 5:30 pm

Now is the time to tell the Forest Service that you value healthy ecosystems and quiet recreation over more logging and roadbuilding.

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November Bark About Hike
Sun, Nov 9th at 9:00 am

Join Bark volunteer Audie Fuller for a hike on Mt. Hood's eastern flanks! We'll visit the recently revived Polallie Cooper timber sale... read more

December Bark About Hike
Sun, Dec 14th at 9:00 am

Since the beginning, Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by... read more

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Background on the controversial Jazz Timber Sale