Bark Alert: Act now for nationwide wolf recovery

Dear Barker,

Wolf tracks have been confirmed around Mt. Hood and the vision of wolves howling up and down the Cascade Mountains is real. But not if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service succeeds in removing the gray wolf from the endangered species list. Submit your official comment today, then read more below.

Alex P Brown, Executive Director

PS –Don’t miss Bark’s introductory Rad·i·cle training just in time for spring, followed by a special guest lecture on why dead trees matter. Details below.

Bark-Out: Tell Fish and Wildlife: wolves deserve a chance
Bark-About: Hike the Grove Timber Sale
Giving Tree: Meet two Bark canvassers with 11 years experience
Bark Tales:  The largest in-kind donation Bark has ever received
Bark Bites: Two upcoming forest ecology trainings 

Don't let the US Fish and Wildlife Service scrap wolf protections!

Just last week we were howling for joy when we heard that the first wolf in well over 50 years had been confirmed in Mt. Hood National Forest. Unfortunately there is a darker side to the story. Unfounded fear of wolves has left them all but eradicated in the lower 48 states via government sponsored hunting and poisoning. Despite the remarkable recovery of this species in recent years, the old fears remain well entrenched today, and efforts to thwart the recovery of wolves are coming to a head.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a proposal to prematurely delist the gray wolf and eliminate its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections, despite the fact that an independent scientific review panel unanimously stated the proposal to delist does not use the best available science! Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel said she would make a decision based on the best available science. Contact her today to remind her to keep her word. Tell her to give wolves a fair chance and follow the recommendations of science by making the decision to deny this reckless proposal.

Recent wolf activity in Mt. Hood shows they are poised to regain their habitat in the Cascade Range – but not without the protections they deserve.  Take action now!

Exploring the Grove Timber Sale
Sunday, March 9th, 9am-5pm*

This month’s Bark About Hike is the perfect way to get involved and speak up for the forest. Why? First of all, long time Barker Gradey Proctor will share his years of experience to provide an insightful look into the ecology of the Grove Timber Sale, located in the Clackamas River Watershed. Additionally, the Forest Service released its Preliminary Assessment on Grove last week, which spurred an official public comment period. Not only will this hike give you the chance to learn more about the forest with a truly knowledgeable naturalist and teacher (and former Bark staff member) but you will have the opportunity to immediately put your experience to use by writing comments that get your first-hand experience on the record.

*Be aware! Daylight savings time will go into effect the morning of this hike, so set your clocks forward to make it in time for the 9am carpool. As always, come prepared to hike off trail and bring lunch, water, sturdy boots and rain gear. To protect off-trail resources, we ask that you leave your dog at home.

Click here for more information on this month’s hike.
Giving Tree
Meet Jenn and Matt, that is, if you haven't already

Jenn Struckholz has been helping Oregonians protect Mt. Hood for three years, one door at a time. Jenn is an activist in many local movements but proudly proclaims that “Bark is the best!” Her enthusiasm must be infectious because since Jenn started, over 21,000 people have signed up for Bark’s monthly e-mail alert!

When Jenn or any other Bark canvasser comes to your door, please take advantage of the unique opportunity to ask a real person what is happening in your beautiful backyard.

This week we received an email praising “…this gentleman standing in the damp cold outside REI in the Pearl District.”  Our newest Bark member was describing Matt Kaminker, who has been canvassing with Bark since 2005. Matt has been described as “persistent,” “tenacious,” and most importantly “informative.” The next time you seen Matt at the REI, Food Front, or at Portland State University, make sure to stop and ask him what’s the latest.

Donations through Bark canvassers represent two-thirds of Bark’s total revenue. More importantly, Bark’s canvass grows our base of support so that when Mt. Hood’s forests need help, we have 33,000 Barkers ready to help.

Bark Tales
Volunteer Daniel Hatfield protects Mt. Hood one computer at a time
By Alex P. Brown

Daniel Hatfield has saved Bark tens of thousands of dollars in the last decade through in-kind contributions of hardware, tech support, and data hosting services.

Most recently, Daniel’s company donated hundreds of hours to move Bark’s server to the cloud and completely overhaul our office network -- now running micro-computers that use a fraction of the electricity of traditional desk tops.

I have gotten to know Daniel through working at Bark, including an unforgettable experience running the Hood-to-Coast together. Every once in a while I ask Daniel why he does such amazing work for Bark for free, and he always has the same answer, “it’s where I can contribute the most.”

Thank you thank you thank you Daniel for helping where you can be most effective and where Bark really needs it!

Bark Bites
Sharpen your forest ecology skills with two special trainings

 We are excited to announce not one, but two forest ecology trainings to help fellow forest lovers get ready to explore Mt. Hood this spring and summer. Forest Ecology Crash Course is offered on March 26th as a part of Bark's Rad·i·cle volunteer training program. RSVP because space is filling up fast.

To dive even deeper into the intricacies of what makes our forests unique, don’t miss a special guest lecture on why dead trees matter, April 3rd, with renowned forest ecologist George Wuerthner (pictured right). When George got in touch with us earlier this winter he wrote “I would like to give a presentation on the ecological importance of dead trees.” As big dead tree fans ourselves (see our legal case regarding the Airstrip Timber Sale) we were immediately excited by this opportunity to hear his perspecitive on why death and decay is so crucial to the forest.
Thursday April 3rd 7-9pm
Why Dead Trees Matter, lecture with George Wuerthner
Location details will be announced soon.

All events are free. Please help spread the word, and hope to see you there!