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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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September Bark Alert: Roadways harm recreation on Mt. Hood
09/10/2014

My most recent hiking trip to Mt. Hood National Forest included driving a bumpy, potholed, gravel road. How about you? Meanwhile, miles of roads that lead to timber sales have been upgraded.

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Gnarl Ridge fire near Tilly Jane areaBark's Policy on Forest Fire and Ecology
09/10/2014

Read Bark's Fire Policy, background information, and fire science resources list.

You can read an abbreviated version of Bark's Fire Policy here and find the full policy including background information and a list of fire science resources in the document linked below. ...read more

Bark Office Temporarily Relocating After Fire
08/15/2014

Bark continues to protect Mt. Hood National Forest, even after a fire on August 8, 2014 ravaged through three stories of the historic Osborn Building.

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Special Alert: Office Fire Edition
08/15/2014

The 3-alarm fire at Bark's office building will take months to restore. Meanwhile Bark needs your help...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

November Bark About Hike
Sun, Nov 9th 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

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