Street Roots Cover Story

Barkers,
Street Roots, one of our favorite local newspapers, called us recently to highlight Bark’s campaign to stop one of Mt. Hood’s most controversial logging projects. We were excited but slightly hesitant when writer Emily Green proposed that we join her for a hike with representatives from the Forest Service; few news sources take the time to understand the tenuous role of a government watchdog like Bark. Our relationship with Mt. Hood National Forest staff can be complicated after more than a decade of frequently challenging their proposals.

The outstanding 6-page story featuring our campaign to stop logging in the Jazz Timber Sale is out on the streets this week. Support your local Street Roots vendor by picking up a copy today!

“If we didn’t have you guys, it’d be business as usual.”

That’s a quote printed in the article from Forest Service silviculturist Glenda Goodwyne. Barkers before me have disputed logging proposals with her for years. Her generous acknowledgement of the value Bark brings to the Forest was a rare glimpse into the other side of a long-standing relationship. After we’d hiked through the heart-wrenching recent logging in the forests of the Collawash watershed, Glenda emphasized the importance of Bark volunteers going to the forest and sharing their knowledge:

“Coming out and doing this, and hearing this and seeing this, seriously, is what we need to be working on together.”

The article is an honest documentation of how meetings like these often play out between Bark and the Forest Service, and of the esteem we sometimes gain in the eyes of our adversaries by standing our ground. It’s also a reminder of the value of the hundreds of hours we commit to groundtruthing and becoming “experts” of each proposed project.

This past month, I’ve had the pleasure to train a few dozen more people on groundtruthing -- how to hold our land managers accountable to environmental laws. If you’re interested in finding out about these free trainings, you can sign up here.

Now, go on and get your paws on a copy of Street Roots!

For the forest,

Michael Krochta
Forest Watch Coordinator

P.S. Next month, we’ll be releasing a short video of Bark’s staff attorney returning to the Jazz Timber Sale after it’s been logged and assessing the damage we predicted in this film we made over a year ago. Stay tuned.