Forest Dream Team

Mt. Hood in winter with rainbowNo matter what political folly ensues on the national level, the forest never ceases to inspire me. Take 2016 for instance: Last year, Bark volunteers ventured into to the woods to groundtruth nine different logging projects. They planted nearly 1,000 trees on 1.3 miles of road we raised money to decommission, and they collected seeds from five species of native plants to be used for pollinator restoration projects surrounding Mt. Hood. We held trainings in the forest and in Portland on field data collection, forest policy, community organizing, and ecology. And we facilitated sending over 11,500 comments to public officials urging them to prioritize stronger protections for Mt. Hood's incredible ecosystems and surrounding communities.

Bark volunteers led hikes to educate the community on topics like climate change, lichens, wildlife tracking, and mushrooms while they explored threatened areas in the forest. They also organized Ecology Club events with topics like forest fires, native pollinators, volcanoes, and conifers of Mt. Hood. Oh! And there was that month last summer we spent at Base Camp with so many other great community organizations – all working to make change on the ground.

I am starting this year with a strong feeling that we as a community have the tools we need to tackle the challenges the coming year brings.

Here are some upcoming events which are perfect to plug into the work we do this year:

January Ecology Club: Life in the Canopy with Red Tree Voles, TONIGHT! Monday, January 9th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm @ Bark, 351 NE 18th Ave in Portland

Rad◦i◦cle Workshop: Climate Change & Forest Policy - Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm @ Bark, 351 NE 18th Ave in Portland

Is the Palomar Pipeline back? - Tuesday, January 31st from 6:30pm to 8:00pm @ Bark, 351 NE 18th Ave in Portland

February Bark About: Wildlife Tracking – Sunday, February 12th, from 9:00am to 5:00pm

February Ecology Club: Wildlife Tracking - Monday, February 13th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm @ Bark, 351 NE 18th Ave in Portland

As always we hope you will consider making a donation to Bark as we strive to build the movement to defend and restore Mt. Hood!

For the forest,
Michael Krochta for Bark


Michael Krochta, Forest Watch Coordinator