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Resources for Exploring

Making a personal connection with our public lands is the first step to advocating for their protection. Want to get into Mt. Hood National Forest yourself? Join one of the many local organizations offering public hikes to Mt. Hood, catch a ride via public transit, or find resources for daily car rental and ride share!

Volunteer with Bark

Bark Mural in Portland Or with Volunteers

Mt. Hood National Forest is one of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest treasures. It’s known for its scenic beauty, bountiful wildlife, and sparkling lakes and rivers, and it’s beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Second Sunday Bark-Abouts

Since the beginning, Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by witnessing the breathtaking Cascade ecosystem and learning about the many threats it faces, we can build stronger advocates for its protection. Volunteer hike leaders are passionate, knowledgeable volunteers who incorporate information about forest ecology and policy with how to get involved in our efforts!


Bark’s network of volunteer groundtruthers help us monitor every logging project and destructive action in Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. The information gained from groundtruthing allows Bark to provide the public with all the information needed to understand, and engage in, decisions affecting public forest lands.

Post-logging Monitoring Program

Bark's Monitoring Program for Best Management Practices encompasses our post-logging groundtruthing work in Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. All volunteers are welcome, but basic knowledge of local forest ecology (which you can get in our Rad◦i◦cle trainings) is a bonus!

Rad◦i◦cle Activist Training

Rad◦i◦cle {the first root of a seedling to emerge during germination} is Bark’s free training program that empowers individuals to learn valuable skills in forest ecology, public lands advocacy, and community organizing. Rad◦i◦cle is divided into two separate training tracks, each encompassing a unique and complimentary side of forest defense work: Forest Ecology and Organizing for Forest Defense. Volunteers are welcome to participate in individual courses, but we encourage you to get the most benefit from Rad◦i◦cle by attending a complete set of trainings.