Post-logging Monitoring Program

Bark's Monitoring Program for Best Management Practices encompasses our post-logging groundtruthing work in Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. All volunteers are welcome, but basic knowledge of local forest ecology (which you can get in our Rad◦i◦cle trainings) is a bonus!

What is this work?
The Forest Service uses protocol known as Best Management Practices (BMPs) or Project Design Criteria (PDCs) that are designed to be implemented during logging operations to reduce impacts to soil and water quality. Examples of PDCs include a logging company being prohibited from operating machinery on exposed soil, or cutting a specific species of trees. While PDCs seem like a good idea in theory, Bark has been looking deeper into the protocol to ask two questions: Do logging companies actually enforce these standards during operations, and are these PDCs actually mitigating the impacts of logging as intended? Unsurprisingly, Bark volunteers have consistently recorded data that show PDCs are often neither implemented nor effective in mitigating logging’s impact to the forest.

So how do we gather this information?
We use tools to measure soil disturbance, canopy closure and other quantitative data. We also observe and record the overall conditions of a logged timber sale unit and other qualities such as the presence of invasive plant species, eroded soil, to name a few.

Want to get involved in this program?
Please join us for our next training where you will learn the procedures for gathering and reporting data. All volunteers are encouraged to participate, but having a basic knowledge of local forest ecology is definitely helpful (check out our Forest Ecology Crash Course trainings to learn some of this important basic knowledge). It is also helpful if you have reliable access to a vehicle to contribute to carpools for field days.

For more information on upcoming trainings, check out our events page, give us a call, or email our Forest Watch Coordinator.

If you are willing to drive in our carpool, please review Bark's Driver Safety Expectations before coming.