Groundtruthing Isn't Easy

Bark's boots-on-the-ground means you'll know what's really going on in the forest.

Bark: Tending Tomorrow

I've been a volunteer Groundtruther for Bark for several years now, and it's given me a deep understanding of Pacific Northwest forests- the kind which only comes from spending many long days exploring proposed logging projects. I've measured tree after tree, mapped streams and wetlands, tracked signs of wildlife, and climbed up and down steep ravines to see with my own eyes the full breadth of what will be lost if a sale goes through. I now know what "forest health" proposals really mean in 2018. And I can tell you it's quite different than what my former self and most other people imagine.

Our work is important and we can't do it without you. Plus, right now all individual and business contributions in November and December will be matched 1:1 up to $40,000 by a group of generous donors! A $10 donation becomes $20. A $100 donation $200 and a $1000 donation will grow to $2,000!  Please help us make the most of this opportunity by giving generously to Bark today

Last summer I made the commitment to attend the entire two-week-long Base Camp, Bark's annual free campout dedicated to groundtruthing! Base Camp supports new and seasoned volunteers alike, to spend more time in Mt. Hood National Forest to see for ourselves how the Forest Service's maps and logging plans mesh with the ecological realities on the ground. Having been to all of the Base Camps that Bark has organized, I've witnessed first-hand how the the Forest Service logging projects continue to grow in size every year. While this growth includes acreage, it can also include how many trees they'll cut within an acre and how close to waterways they're willing to log. This growth obviously means more ecological damage, but also a bigger challenge for the public to meaningfully understand the increasing threats. Bark's Groundtruthing program gets this information out of the forest and into the hands of the public so we can do something about it.

Check out this short video from our great friends and allies at CRAG Law Center about Groundtruthing. 

Groundtruthing for two-solid weeks with over 150 other volunteers at Base Camp, I saw sections of the proposed North Clack Timber Sale that included massive old growth trees, sensitive species like red tree voles (a rare arboreal mammal) and beautiful long lichens, streams which weren't on any maps, and a lot more. I'm proud that some of these findings will result in protection from logging in some of these areas - a direct and powerful result of Bark's dedicated work!
 
Please give today to keep our boots-on-the-ground, pulling back the curtain on what is happening in Mt. Hood - and helping Bark Tend Tomorrow.  Remember - your impact will be doubled throughout the rest of December so share this fundraising ask with your Mt. Hood-loving friends and family, too.
 
Groundtruthing isn't always an easy task and it doesn't always guarantee all the changes I'd like to see. But this fall, I feel so grateful to have been able to bring many of my friends and loved ones to experience the magic of the forest this year. I'll keep encouraging those I care about to support this program – because I know the work done by trained volunteers has and will continue to equal better protections for the places we all depend on for drinking water, clean air, personal growth, and much more. You can support this essential program right now by helping us meet our $40,000 match!  

For the Forest,

Jordanna MacIntyre, Bark Volunteer

P.S. It takes all of us to support groundtruthing and make a difference in the forest. Give what you can today and it will be matched in November and December up to $40,000 - thank you!

Ecological tending is the sustained, reciprocal interaction between people and forests. It requires applying oneself to the essential care of something by working with its natural tendencies without inferring control over them.

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