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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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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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

For months now, we’ve been talking about Mount Hood National Forest’s upcoming... read more

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

Bark TV

Background on the controversial Jazz Timber Sale