Press Release: The People's Forest Forum for Mt. Hood National Forest


Press Release: Public Forum to Inform Future Management of Mt. Hood National Forest

Date: March 28, 2017

Contact: Courtney Rae, 503-331-0374,

When: Saturday, April 15th, 11am – 5pm
Where: Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE Yamhill St. Portland, OR
Who:  Everyone interested in the future of Mt. Hood National Forest.  Free childcare provided.

Blurb: Next level of forest defense will put decision-making in public hands. More than 18 years of watchdogging the Forest Service and Bark has had enough of business as usual. Clean water, climate change, and recreation can be Mt. Hood’s legacy with public action, and it all starts at the Forum. People’s Forest Forum for Mt. Hood National Forest, Sunnyside Community House, April 15th 11-5pm, free, childcare provided.

Bark, the local non-profit working to defend and restore Mt. Hood National Forest, today announced the People’s Forest Forum for the Future of Mt. Hood National Forest on Saturday April 15th calling together community members for a day of education and action.

Focusing on climate change, clean water and recreation, the Forum will offer expert speakers and presentations, facilitated break-out groups and informal discussions, creating space and resources for participants to engage in defending and restoring our local National Forest.

Courtney Rae, Bark’s Community Organizer, said that the combined impacts of climate change and increasing political pressure from extractive corporate interests pose an enormous threat to the public lands of Mt. Hood and the future ecological stability of the region: "As the public we have a right and a responsibility to take part in decisions about management priorities on Mt. Hood," Rae said.

“Today, Mt. Hood National Forest generates clean, abundant drinking water for over one million people, but the stability of this resource is tenuous. The Forest Service must plan accordingly for the impacts of climate change and work to keep the ecological systems which deliver clean water for people and wildlife intact. There is absolutely no room for commercial timber sales or fossil fuel pipelines when clean water is the priority."

Rae concluded: “The number of people impacted by climate change is growing daily, and in Mt. Hood National Forest we have an incredible opportunity to establish a deeply resilient region with the forest as the centerpiece, holding it all together. People will need the forest in the future in ways we may not realize right now, so we hope everyone will come together at the Forum to start thinking about that future as a community.”

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Bark is the resource for community action to protect Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding federal lands. Bark’s mission is to transform Mt. Hood National Forest into a place where natural processes prevail, where wildlife thrives and where local communities have a social, cultural, and economic investment in its restoration and preservation.