Congratulations on a great People's Forest Forum!

On a gloriously sunny Saturday, more than 100 people filled the Sunnyside Community Center to discuss the future of Mt. Hood National Forest at the People’s Forest Forum (event details below).  Attendees learned about fire ecology, the impacts of climate change on forests, how recreationists can become forest advocates, and why the outdated 27-year old forest management plan needs to change!

Participants shared these reflections after the Forest Forum: 

  • “ I learned the Pacific NW Forests have the greatest biomass and carbon sequestration potential of all Earth’s forests.”
  • “Hearing how diverse communities view public land and forests was very interesting.”
  • “Why is logging and road building allowed in drinking watersheds?”
  • “Fire ecology is critical for Pacific Northwest Forests.”
  • “All of the topics were very informational, and I look forward to seeing how the conversation grows from here.”

We also look forward to seeing how the conversation goes from here and to keeping you involved in improving forest management on Mt. Hood National Forest! 

We deeply appreciate everyone who participated in the Forest Forum and want to send special thanks to the Bark volunteers who helped make the event possible, the break-out table hosts, and our keynote presenters: John Talberth, Center for Sustainable Economy; Heejun Chang, PSU; Maya Jarrad, 350PDX; and Adam Baylor, Mazamas. We couldn't have done it without you!


Not able to make it ot the forum? Read about the day's events here and download presentations from the keynote speakers at the bottom of this page.