Nestle action and a win for Portland's drinking water

Dear Barker,

Work has begun on Bark’s mural on SE Powell Blvd at the corner of 44th Ave. and it’s not too late to participate in this exciting project! If you want to be a part of Mt. Hood history by helping fill-in the mural wall, please email mural director Robin Corbo at Unfortunately another monumental project, a Nestle water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge, is also in the works and our Governor has yet to weigh in on the issue. Please read the alert below and take action to get Gov. Kitzhaber to say NO to Nestle in Oregon!

Alex P Brown, Executive Director

Bark-Out: Gov. Kitzhaber has the power to keep Nestle out of the Gorge
Bark-About: Visit the proposed Timberline Bike Park
Giving Tree: Our office wish list – toaster oven needed!
Bark Tales: Volunteer Corrinne Theodoru is brining Bark to a new audience
Howls and Growls: City of Portland stands up for clean water while Oregon’s U.S. legislators work to undo important water protections

Tell Governor Kitzhaber to keep Nestlé out of the Gorge!

The Nestlé Corporation is still pursuing plans to bottle pristine Oxbow Spring water in the Columbia River Gorge. In order to realize its plan, Nestlé first needs state approval on several applications. Take action now to ask Governor Kitzhaber to stop Nestlé’s plan to profit off our public resources while simultaneously polluting the planet with millions more plastic water bottles.

Find out more about more about the proposed Nestlé Water Bottling Plant here.

Timberline Bike Skills Park
Sunday, September 11th, 9am-5pm

 Join us this month for a hike near Timberline Lodge to discuss Bark’s concerns with the proposed lift-assisted Timberline Mountain Bike Trails and Skills Park. We will hike part of a proposed mountain bike trail and discuss the process of building, maintaining, and regulating trails. While Bark advocates for increased mountain bike access in appropriate areas of Mt. Hood, this proposal would cause heavy impact to fragile alpine soils and fish-bearing streams in summer months. This is a great opportunity to see the area for yourself and learn about the importance of alpine meadow habitat!

Come prepared to walk up to three miles at an elevation of approximately 6000 feet. Please bring lunch, water, and sturdy boots. The weather is very unpredictable this time of year, so please be prepared for various weather conditions.

Bark-Abouts are led on the second Sunday of every month and are free to the public. Click here for more information about this month’s hike.

Giving Tree
Wish list!

A bike pump
Bikes lights (to help our canvassers get around at night)
Curtains or blinds
Toaster oven
Fax machine
Printer (black & white commercial grade)
Multi-line telephones

If you can donate any of these items, please contact Don’t have any wish list items? Then consider that Bark doesn’t waste member donations; instead we put your support directly to our work protecting Mt. Hood National Forest. Please make a donation today!

Bark Tales
Volunteer videographer, Corrinne Theodoru, makes bark even more awesome!

Corrinne Thodoru has devoted dozens of volunteer hours to Bark this year, filming and producing our new video series: “Know Your Forest.” With her filming expertise and love of Mt. Hood she has helped us grow our on-line media presence with three short films covering the proposed Jazz Timber Sale, the relationship between logging and ivasive species, and how we fight timber sales with NEPA. And she's working with us to produce more short videos each month!

In addition to days filming in the forest, hours of editing, and multiple meetings with Bark staff to refine the focus of our new short films, Corrinne is now managing Bark’s new Youtube page! We are excited to add this new resource to our existing videos produced by long-time volunteer and board member, Jim Lockhart. When you’re checking us out on Youtube, be sure to find Jim’s beautiful footage of our Bark-About hikes.

Howls and Growls
Portland Water Bureau gets in right while Senator Wyden and Representative Schrader get it wrong

Last month the City of Portland took a stand to protect Portland’s clean drinking water by requesting an indefinite suspension of a federal mandate to cover the city’s open reservoirs. This is a promising move to retain strong protections for Portland’s municipal water source which originates at Mt. Hood’s Bull Run where decades of logging prohibitions have kept the city’s drinking water clean and free of costly and unnecessary filtration systems.
Here’s a howl for Portland’s Water Bureau: HHHHAAAAAOOOOOO!

While Portland works to retain the natural integrity of our clean drinking water supply, Senator Wyden and Representative Schrader are undertaking an attack on the Clean Water Act (CWA). Last month Sen. Wyden and Rep. Schrader proposed amendments to the CWA that would exempt the logging industry from requiring permits to pollute streams and rivers. With more than 10,000 acres of planned and active logging in Mt. Hood National Forest this year alone, the amendment would mean more un-regulated sediment in Oregon’s drinking watersheds and fish-bearing streams.
Here’s a growl for Sen. Wyden and Rep. Schrader: GGGGRRRRRRR!