Base Camp 2019

Join your fellow forest lovers for some fresh mountain air, wholesome do-good-ery, and camaraderie with other like-minded adventurers!

Come for a day, or for the week. There’s plenty of fun for everyone.

Our public Base Camp is a free campout in the Mt. Hood National Forest where campers contribute their time to help gather field information about the ecosystem surrounding Mt. Hood. With this information, Bark staff is able to more accurately track the forest, give recommendations about land management, and craft legal positions to help maintain a healthy Mt. Hood National Forest. Join our home away from home as we live, play and learn, creating connections with each other and the forest.

August 2019

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Base Camp Starts

Base Camp Starts

Base Camp 2019 starts on August 20th at 5pm. All campers can set camp after 5pm.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
5:00pm
 
 
Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver habitat surveys will focus on documenting areas for potential beaver restoration and/or relocation projects in the forest. 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver habitat surveys will focus on documenting areas for potential beaver restoration and/or relocation projects in the forest. 

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Beaver Habitat Surveys & Post-logging Monitoring

Beaver Habitat Surveys & Post-logging Monitoring

Beaver habitat surveys will focus on documenting areas for potential beaver restoration and/or relocation projects in the forest. 

Bark’s program of post-logging monitoring focuses on documenting the impacts of commercial timber sales and whether or not the project’s plan was followed to the expectations of the Forest Service’s environmental analysis. 

Event Date: 
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Tree Climbing Training

Tree Climbing Training

We will be joined by folks from the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) to learn the basics of tree climbing and about the surveys that NEST does to protect the red tree vole. 

NEST protects old-growth forests from logging by conducting upper canopy surveys in order to find red tree vole nests. An active nest, a presently occupied nest, calls for the creation of a 10-acre habitat buffer.  Over the years, NEST has documented hundreds of active nests. 

Event Date: 
Friday, August 23, 2019 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
11:00am to 6:00pm
 
 
Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver habitat surveys will focus on documenting areas for potential beaver restoration and/or relocation projects in the forest. 

 

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Tree Climbing Training

Tree Climbing Training

We will be joined by folks from the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) to learn the basics of tree climbing and about the surveys that NEST does to protect the red tree vole. 

NEST protects old-growth forests from logging by conducting upper canopy surveys in order to find red tree vole nests. An active nest, a presently occupied nest, calls for the creation of a 10-acre habitat buffer.  Over the years, NEST has documented hundreds of active nests. 

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
11:00am to 6:00pm
 
 
Bark's 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Bark's 20th Anniversary Celebration!

Enjoy food, festivities, and live music by Casey Neill with accompanying aerial performances! Hosted at Base Camp in Mt Hood National Forest, this event is free and family-friendly with RSVP required.

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
6:00pm to 9:00pm
 
 
Breakfast Book Club with The Understory

Breakfast Book Club with The Understory

The Understory is a casual book club that meets in the Bark community space. We dig into Bark’s resource library and seek out new titles and resources to build the library and provide our community with valuable and diverse literature and research that can inform us in our work to protect and restore Mt. Hood. The Understory frequently discusses issues of social justice as related to the environmental/conservation movement, the perspective of the author, and the representation (or lack of) of different cultural groups and knowledge in the books we read. Join us for breakfast where we’ll share short readings from two of our recent books and talk about options for our fall book club selection.

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 8:00am
8:00am
 
 
Base Camp Hike: Victory Lap!

Base Camp Hike: Victory Lap!

In honor of celebrating 20 years of defending & protecting the forests of Mt Hood, Bark and Columbia Riverkeeper will lead a group hike through an area where participants can see lands that Bark’s involvement has saved from destruction by fossil fuel infrastructure or logging. If you are not camping the night before and want to join us for the day, this hike will start from the Riverside Trailhead at 10:30, along Highway 46.  

 

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 10:30am
10:30am
 
 
Tree Climbing Training

Tree Climbing Training

We will be joined by folks from the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) to learn the basics of tree climbing and about the surveys that NEST does to protect the red tree vole. 

NEST protects old-growth forests from logging by conducting upper canopy surveys in order to find red tree vole nests. An active nest, a presently occupied nest, calls for the creation of a 10-acre habitat buffer.  Over the years, NEST has documented hundreds of active nests. 

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
11:00am to 6:00pm
 
 
Workshop: Forest Theater

Workshop: Forest Theater

Forum theater is a tool for teaching people how to change their world. It was created by Augusto Boal as a part of the “Theater of the Oppressed”. It is designed to empower people to engage with others to stop injustice and de-escalate conflict. 

Local director and theater teacher, Tara Hershberger, will facilitate Bark’s evening of forest-related forum theatre with several scenes written specifically about conflicts a forest-defender might encounter on the mountain, or in daily life. Actors will present the scene, and then we will engage in a brief conversation. Then the actors begin the same scenario and audience members can choose to join the scene and change the outcome. 

This is participatory and involves some improv. You will not be required to get onto stage or jump into a scene, unless you want to. Either way, this will get you to think and to talk. 

Become a spect-actor and activate! Make choices and change the dialogue! Join us as we co-create the agency to use our voice and change the world! 

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
6:00pm to 9:00pm
 
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Base Camp Hike: Streams & Timber Sales

Base Camp Hike: Streams & Timber Sales

On this outing, we will learn the building blocks of healthy stream habitat, while discussing both the past and current threats to the ecological integrity of streams from climate change and logging. This activity will aim to make the connection between forest ecology & policy and will involve a fun, educational exploration of the species who call streams their home.  

This hike leader is Paula Hood, co-director of the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, and has spent over a decade working on behalf of forests and wildlands in Oregon working to defend forests on public lands through activist organization, public outreach, leading hikes, and field checking. 

Event Date: 
Monday, August 26, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Post-logging Monitoring

Post-logging Monitoring

Bark’s program of post-logging monitoring focuses on documenting the impacts of commercial timber sales and whether or not the project’s plan was followed to the expectations of the Forest Service’s environmental analysis. 

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Post-logging Monitoring

Post-logging Monitoring

Bark’s program of post-logging monitoring focuses on documenting the impacts of commercial timber sales and whether or not the project’s plan was followed to the expectations of the Forest Service’s environmental analysis. 

Event Date: 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver habitat surveys will focus on documenting areas for potential beaver restoration and/or relocation projects in the forest. 

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Workshop: White River Wolf update with Jeremy Thompson, ODF&W

Workshop: White River Wolf update with Jeremy Thompson, ODF&W

At the beginning of 2018, we learned that wolves returned to Mt Hood National Forest for the first time in more than half a century! Now, a year and a half later, how are they faring? Tonight we will hear from Jeremy Thompson of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, on the importance of this keystone species and updates on the new White River wolf pack. To hear the howl of a wolf on Mt. Hood is an event many will recognize as a sign of an ecosystem in true recovery. Wolves, seeking their rightful place in the landscape, symbolize why we fight to keep forests protected.

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 6:00pm
6:00pm
 
 
Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver Habitat Surveys

Beaver habitat surveys will focus on documenting areas for potential beaver restoration and/or relocation projects in the forest. 

Event Date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Forest Medic Training

Forest Medic Training

 

The Rosehip Medic Collective will be leading a half-day first aid training with a forest focus. Topics covered will include an overview of how to conduct a Patient Assessment, as well as common forest-related topics. Safety and wellness are critical to our work, and this training is a unique opportunity to get educated.

Event Date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
10:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
Workshop: Free Mt Hood Game Night

Workshop: Free Mt Hood Game Night

Through a series of interactive skits & improvisational games, the volunteers behind Bark’s Free Mt Hood campaign will teach on different issues pertaining to the outdated land management policy and how its lack of revision affects the communities surrounding Mt. Hood currently and in the face of climate change.  After a few rounds of fun and engaging team play, participants will leave well-versed in the campaign’s messaging and inspired to support its mission. 

Event Date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
6:00pm to 9:00pm
 
 
Native Seed Collection for Pollinators with Walama Restoration Project

Native Seed Collection for Pollinators with Walama Restoration Project

Bark and Walama are partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to collect native seed to be used for restoration projects benefiting important pollinators. We will be training volunteers in plant identification and seed collection. The Walama Restoration Project is a community organized non-profit, founded in 2001, dedicated to environmental stewardship and biological diversity through education and habitat restoration.

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 9:00am
9:00am
 
 
Workshop: Herbalism with Seed & Thistle Apothecary

Workshop: Herbalism with Seed & Thistle Apothecary

lara pacheco is a Taíno, Boricua Latinx mamita that believes our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine.  lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance.  lara's work is inspired by their own journey of healing from a traumatic childhood of abuse and illness.  lara had constantly found herself fascinated by the loose threads of traditional knowledge throughout the world from the privilege of travel and encounters from their grandmother, 'Tata' that lived with them.   lara wanted to be an active participant in the preservation and propagation of traditional knowledge, the knowledge of the plants and the earth.  As a Latinx, they also wanted to be a part of the accumulated awareness that her ancestors had gained in relation to illness and herbal medicine.  lara's grandmother knew plants in Boriken (Puerto Rico) that could help heal, but somewhere that information has shifted in the tides of colonialism and patriarchy, and so they've been working to access it again and make that especially available to those most oppressed.

Seed & Thistle Apothecary 

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 4:00pm
4:00pm