Get Trained for Summer Action!

Spring is here, Barkers!

Bark Portland, ORIt’s such a beautiful time of the year to be in the forest, as the plants and wildlife stretch out from their winter rest. Barkers, too, are beginning to make plans for a big summer of action in Mt. Hood’s forests.

Last month, Barkers mobilized to stop the Polallie Cooper Timber Sale from destroying the north slope forests of Mt. Hood.

The Hood River News ran numerous articles and Letters to the Editor from community members opposing the project.

  • We brought over 3,500 signed postcards to a packed public meeting in Hood River.
  • Mountain bikers and hiking groups expressed their disappointment over the impact to popular trails.
  • And even Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer demanded the Forest Service own up to the impacts on the Crystal Springs drinking watershed.

By the time Bark submitted our extensive comments (find a summary here) from months of groundtruthing this terrible proposal, it seemed everyone was talking about stopping Polallie Cooper! This fight is far from over, but we know the Forest Service has heard the strong opposition to logging in Cooper Spur. Thank you to the amazing community from Parkdale to Portland, for standing up for our beloved forests.

After many years of organizing on behalf of Mt. Hood’s forests and rivers, Bark knows a few things about how to keep our community informed and engaged on the issues that mean the most to us. And as with all of our tactics, we want to share what we know! Join our Campaign Toolbox training on Thursday, April 14!

Bark’s spring series of our Radicle Training program is now posted up on our events page. You can learn more about our legal and policy strategies, as well as how to groundtruth a logging project! We’re collaborating with Rosehip Street Medic Collective to add a First Aid training to our Radicle program. We have an ambitious summer of action coming up; get trained on all the ways to help protect our forests and water!

Speaking of standing up to protect our water – have you seen the video that just came out about the efforts in Hood River County to vote Nestlé out of the Gorge!? It features several of the brave activists who we’ve worked with over the years and are leading the campaign. Take a moment and share this video with your friends.

I can’t wait to get out in the forest with you!


Amy Harwood
Interim Executive Director

P.S. In the coming months, we’ll be raising much-needed support for our summer campaign efforts. Are you part of a business that might be able to donate supplies, food, or camping equipment to ensure that our volunteers have what they need to take action? Contact amy@bark-out.org if you want to help us prepare!