Molalla River logging and Bark is hiring

Matthew Bristow protests Mt Hood loggingIn June, 2008, Barkers had just hiked 47 miles across Mt. Hood National Forest to document the proposed Palomar Pipeline route (stopped in 2011); Bark roadtruthers were documenting impacts from ATVs and demanding better management (achieved 2010); and Matthew Bristow was promoted to Canvass Co-Director.

And not a moment too soon, either, because we were about to learn of the infamous proposal by Nestlè to take our water. We needed to grow and thanks to Matthew, we did.

In 2008 our supporter list was 6,436-strong. Thanks to Matthew and an amazing team of canvassers we are now 42,000 forest advocates and growing. Matthew will leave Bark at the end of the year and move on to new and exciting challenges. From everyone at Bark, we wish him the best!

Alex P Brown, Executive Director

P.S. Know a qualified Canvass Director to take Bark’s work to the next level? You can find and share the job description here.

Bark Out: BLM plans to log in mature forests near the Molalla river
Bark About: To the proposed Hole in the Road Timber Sale
Giving Tree: We have raised $39,325 of our $68,000 Winter Campaign goal. Will you help us succeed?
Bark Tales: Volunteers Esther and Erik raise big money for Bark
Bark Bites: Mt. Hood political round-up

Bark-Outvolunteer Tristan groundtruthing Mt hood
Victory! Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has dropped 88 acres of logging from a timber sale surrounding the Upper Molalla River called “Hole in the Road Timber Sale,” about 20 miles southeast of the City of Molalla. We’re happy that some of the most ecologically-sensitive parts of this project have been canceled. However, the sale still calls for logging in diverse, never-logged forest, which is valuable wildlife habitat.

Submit your comments now to protect this diverse and intact forest!

"Stewardship of our rivers is increasingly important as our population grows and our climate changes,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown when she designated the Upper Molalla River as a State Scenic Waterway early this year. The Hole in the Road Timber Sale includes logging and roadbuilding along part of the Molalla River that the BLM has identified as “Suitable” for the federal Wild and Scenic River designation. In our current political climate, we need to put the brakes on any further degradation of this area if we ever want Congress to officially protect this river for its Wild and Scenic values.

Second Sunday hike to Hole in the Road Timber Sale (Facebook event)
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 9am

Join hike leaders Jayson and Lo this month to explore the Hole in the Road Timber Sale, the BLM project located along the scenic Molalla River described above.

Coral mushroom Mt Hood National Forest donate to BarkGiving Tree
You can support our Winter Campaign on our donate page (we only have $28,000 left to raise!). If you are a monthly Forest Sustainer donor and want to increase your support in 2017, just reply to this email!

Barkers made a huge dent in our wish list, but we still need a few items specifically for Groundtruthing!

  • "rite-in-rain" paper
  • rain ponchos, pants, and slickers
  • small notebooks
  • binoculars
  • digital cameras

If you have any of these items, please email Thanks!

Bark Tales
Sending a personal email to 42,00Volunteer Erik in Mt Hood National Forest0 strangers or calling folks at night to ask for money can be a little intimidating. Not for Barkers Erik Holte (pictured right) and Esther Forbyn (below)!
If you didn’t see Erik’s email earlier this week, we’ve posted it on our website. It’s quite a tale. Esther illustrated the beautiful Mount Hood Coloring Book and spent an evening calling our members to remind them to renew this year!

Thank you Erik and Esther! We love our volunteers.

You can be a super Barker this fundraising season too! There are three ways to help: email to join next week’s phonebanks (Mon/Tues nights), distribute Mount Hood Coloring Books to public spaces (grab a pile at our office), and/or support Bark’s Winter Campaign with a donation today!

Bark BitesBark volunteer Esther phone fundraising Mt Hood
Mt. Hood National Forest is in a unique position, politically speaking. First of all, if you have not read the piece on Congress’ anti-environmental agenda, buckle up and read it.

Meanwhile, take notice that Hood River and Clackamas Counties elected environmentally progressive leaders this election. Bark’s membership is growing in these communities too, which is good because Rep. Greg Walden and Rep. Kurt Schrader are not friends of our forests.

Eastern Oregon’s anti-environmental congressman Greg Walden (League of Conservation Voters score of 3% last year) will chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is responsible for energy transmission (think: gas pipeline across Mt. Hood). Rep. Kurt Schrader’s district includes the south half of Mt. Hood National Forest in Clackamas County. He is considered a moderate democrat but his record on public land and forests is abysmal. His score last year was just 57%.

Representing the west-side of Mt. Hood, Rep. Earl Blumenauer is a strong public lands advocate, and we continue to look to Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to stand up for the environment.

The bottom line is this: when we demand protections for Clackamas River water that 380,000 Oregonians drink, it educates and moves Congressman Schrader. When we advocate for protecting forests to support recreation in Hood River, it educates and moves Congressman Walden.

I look forward to a year of barking locally, barking loudly, and doing our part to influence D.C. agendas while protecting our beautiful backyard.