The Need for Change

We cannot keep painting over the cracks in the foundation.

This year has been challenging for many of us, and its challenges have also brought many things to light. The cracks in our systems and social structures have become more visible than any time in recent history. In the year ahead, we will face a choice as to whether we paint over those cracks and pretend that we never saw them, or whether we get to work making the repairs that have long been needed. Here at Bark, we believe that it is long past time that we got to work.

 

The Management Plan for Mt. Hood National Forest was adopted in 1990 and has not been updated since then. This document guides every decision that the Forest Service makes.

The Management Plan for Mt. Hood National Forest was adopted in 1990 and has not been updated since then. This document guides every decision that the Forest Service makes.

 

Currently, decisions taken to manage the forests around Mt. Hood are made based on the values, science, and priorities of thirty years ago. A time when current or future harvest of timber was the prime concern; when logging was the default tool for every necessary or perceived improvement from water quality to wildlife habitat; and when most people believed that the forest was a crop to be managed rather than an ecosystem that millions of living creatures, including us, depend upon for survival.

We need the Forest Service to start living in the present with the rest of us.

For the last 21 years, Bark has been putting volunteer boots on the ground in the forest, to understand what really happens on the forest floor. We have witnessed the problems firsthand in logging project after logging project. We  know what needs to change, but the power to make that vision a reality comes from you.

At best, organizations like Bark can provide the structure and the information to empower individuals to act. We can help give you the language. We can direct you towards the pressure points. We can keep some of the worst abuses of the current system at bay for our forests, but the greatest impact will come when you speak up, take action, and commit to fighting for the change that is needed.

No matter who ends up in power at the federal, state, or local level in the coming year, the pressure they feel to act must come from us. We encourage everyone to exercise their power to vote, but we encourage you to remember that your power as members of your community extends beyond Election Day.

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Thank you from all of us at Bark.