From a Red Tree Vole

Bark: Tending Tomorrow

Hi, I'm a red tree vole. My home is high in the canopy of a nice old growth Douglas fir with a broken top. Up in my tree, I survive by nibbling green needles off the branches and sipping drops of water that collect there. My hidden nest keeps me somewhat safe from predators like the northern spotted owl, which is why I've never ventured down to the ground in all my days. As you know, my habitat isn't what it used to be after a century of logging in native forests across the Pacific Northwest.

This is why Bark's work is so important. Thank you for supporting it!  Did you know all donations received in December are matched 1:1?  This will double the impact of the work Bark does to protect my habitat.

Picture of a Red Tree Vole

Photo Courtesy of NEST.

I've learned from other animals in the forest about people like you who work to find and protect species like me. Thank you! When you find our nests, the Forest Service legally must protect them with a 10-acre buffer where no logging can occur. This is good - because even if the tree I live in doesn't get cut down, I need the surrounding trees in order to stay hidden and to move around the forest without harm. For many years I've been safe where I live, but lately I've become worried – the Forest Service has recently proposed the North Clack Timber Sale, which is where I am now. 

Photo from the North Clack Timber Sale

Photo of North Clack Timber Sale Courtesy of NEST.

Even though I know the Forest Service did their best to find nests like mine, it took extra work from Bark and the Northwest Ecosystem Survey Team (NEST) to find me. After Bark found us living in areas proposed for logging, volunteers worked together to find areas and trees we might be living in. Since Bark's Base Camp this summer, over 40 red tree vole nests were found in the North Clack Timber Sale that were not previously found by Forest Service surveyors. I'm so grateful that NEST trains people to safely climb into the canopies of Douglas firs to find and protect red tree voles. Over the years they've saved hundreds of us! You can learn more about NEST and how to support them by clicking here. The more of us that are found, the more forest will be protected!

I don't have money because I'm a red tree vole. Can you help me thank Bark by making a donation today?

The Forest Service has told Bark that all the newly found nest locations will be protected!Though many of us have been found in the North Clack Timber Sale, there are still so many that haven't been located yet. Other voles like me live in these trees, which is why it's so important for people to support the work being done to find us! 


picture of a red tree vole

A red tree vole in the North Clack Timber Sale

Ecological tending is the sustained, reciprocal interaction between people and forests. It requires applying oneself to the essential care of something by working with its natural tendencies without inferring control over them.

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