Special Alert: Zigzag Comments are due and we are hiring for Development Director

Logging in Zigzag could impact sensitive species, critical salmon habitat, high-value recreation economies, and climate resilience.

I have two important updates today. First, the final public comment period regarding the controversial Zigzag Timber Sale has begun and is open until August 10th. As you may know, increasing quotas for timber from Mt. Hood National Forest have the Forest Service pushing to log in areas that had been considered too ecologically and recreationally valuable to cut, until now. The Zigzag District is the gateway to Mt. Hood recreation, home to thousands of people, and encompasses some of the most intact, native forest and richest rivers you'll find in our region. Our staff and volunteers have organized six online workshops to help you prepare substantive comments to the Forest Service on this project. Each workshop will be useful for first-time commenters and, if you are an experienced comment-writer, please join us and share your insight! (See the workshop schedule below.)

Second, Bark is now seeking to fill the position of Development Director. Please share this announcement far and wide. We are seeking applications (through August 10th) from skilled fundraisers with experience applying an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion lens to the work of development planning along with management of foundation and individual fundraising sources. 

Image of the Sandy Glacier at sunset, Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood's Sandy Glacier

Comment-Writing Workshop Schedule:

Zigzag Timber Sale Comment-Writing: Water
Wednesday, July 22nd, 7-8:30 PM
Join to dive into the impacts on aquatic ecosystems and the species that depend on them. Learn the best practices for writing a strong public comment. Click here to register.

Zigzag Timber Sale Comment-Writing: Roads
Thursday, July 23rd, 7-8:30 PM
A detailed look at the impact of carving roads through intact forest to allow for logging operations and how to advocate for returning old roads to a natural condition in your public comment. Click here to register.

Zigzag Timber Sale Comment-Writing: Vegetation Management
Wednesday, July 29th, 7-8:30 PM 
A breakdown of the different areas and types of logging proposed across the project area. Have questions about "thinning" versus "regeneration harvest"? This is the workshop for you. Click here to register.

Zigzag Timber Sale Comment-Writing: Overview
Thursday, July 30th,  7-8:30 PM
A brief look at each of the categories of impacts throughout the project and the best practices for writing a strong public comment. Click here to register.

Zigzag Timber Sale Comment-Writing: Recreation Impacts
Friday, July 31st, 7-8:30 PM
An overview of the effect logging operations could have on recreation across the district. A look at impacted trails, road closures, and economic activity. Click here to register.

Zigzag Timber Sale Comment-Writing: Climate Change
Tuesday, August 4th,  7-8:30 PM
This workshop will address the failure of the Forest Service to account for carbon emissions and lost carbon storage capacity associated with this project and explain the best arguments to make in the public comment process to urge the agency to address climate change as this project is developed. Click here to register.

Writing substantive comments has proven to be effective. Within the last 6 years, Bark has been involved in the complete cancellation of 7,042 acres of logging in forests surrounding Mt. Hood. Please join us now in protecting this extremely special area of Mt. Hood National Forest. 

Thank you for your support,

 Nakisha Nathan, Executive Director

P.S. Our inspired, ambitious friends at Camp ELSO are accepting donations of clean, gently used science and nature gear and activities for kids and families right now. Do you have a tent, backpack, sleeping bag, or hiking shoes in good condition to gift? Other needed items are kids and adult helmets (age 10 and up) kid and teen sized bikes, sand/beach toys, and kid-sized gardening tools and unopened seek packets. If you can give any of these items please reach out to kaila@campelso.org!