Volunteer with Bark

Bark Mural in Portland Or with Volunteers

Mt. Hood National Forest is one of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest treasures. It’s known for its scenic beauty, bountiful wildlife, and sparkling lakes and rivers, and it’s beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Many Oregonians do not realize that the top priority for National Forest management is the production of a predictable timber crop. Even though one-third of all Oregonians depend on Mt. Hood National Forest for their drinking water and the recreation economy continues to outpace timber as an economic driver in the rural PNW, Mt. Hood National Forest remains a "timber beast" with the local Forest Service following an outdated Forest Management Plan and pushing huge logging projects through as quickly as possible.

There are many ways you can help Bark spread the word about the overarching threat to the forest, but the best way is to find something that will keep your interest and utilize your skills! Whether you are just beginning to learn about forest ecosystems and public lands advocacy or you are an experience field biologist or policy analyst, your energy and knowledge are vital to strengthening the public influence over how these ecosystems and treasured wild places are treated by our government.

Since 1999, Bark volunteers have contributed countless hours, incredible creativity, and boundless spirit toward our work to challenge destructive logging projects, engage in public review and commenting on timber sales, create exciting, artful demonstrations, document ecological conditions in the forest, rehabilitate old logging roads, lead educational hikes, workshops, and actions, map watersheds and sensitive wildlife habitat, locate and protect threatened species, and raise public awareness about climate change and ecosystem health and the destruction caused by extractive commercial projects throughout Mt. Hood National Forest.

Click here to fill out the volunteer interest form and let us know what you are inspired by!

You will find there are many different skills and tactics use in forest advocacy. Public education and workshops, science-based fact-finding through field work and research, cultural study and transformation all support Bark's advocacy work. Activist trainings, public outreach, education, and resource building and fundraising generate momentum for Bark's campaigns. Public activism, art, media, demonstrations, and political efforts eleveate Bark's efforts in the eye's of decision makers.

Bark's mission includes actively growing the forest advocacy movement by giving people like you the tools and training they need to be effective forest defenders.
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Bark's activist training program is called Rad◦i◦cle, a free forest advocacy training program designed to empower individuals in the community with valuable skills in forest ecology, public lands advocacy, and community organizing.

Your training begins with a Volunteer Orientation session to present a brief history of Bark and Mt. Hood National Forest, discuss the many volunteer opportunities and trainings that Bark provides through its Rad◦i◦cle Program, and help you find your niche in the organization.

Bark volunteers are engaged, dedicated, and make a vital contribution to our work to protect the forests of Mt. Hood. Following orientation, you will choose where to focus your work. You may continue on through the Rad◦i◦cle program, join a committee, lead a book club, offer tech/IT support, help with communications and social media, plan events and workshops, host volunteer trainings, lead hikes in Mt. Hood National Forest, or help with fundraising.

As an organization founded originally by white people in the settler-colonial lineage, Bark is a part of the legacy of land theft and the erasure of native authority over the lands now referred to as the “public lands of Mt. Hood National Forest”. As an organization, we have established influential relationships with the Forest Service, part of the same Federal government which facilitated the violent land theft, colonization, and displacement of indigenous people. Non-native peoples have access and privilege to these lands because of this violent legacy. Bark is working to transform our organization, to take responsibility for this legacy and these unearned privileges. We are committed to a living, tangible practice of acknowledgment, respect, and support for the Molalas, Kalapuyans, Chinookan Clackamas, Chinookan Wascos, Northern Paiute peoples, and Sahaptin speaking peoples who live here and who have always lived here -- and the many other native nations who have always been part of and cared for this land that we now occupy. Everyone involved with our organization and anyone interested in becoming so, are expected to acknowledge this historical context and contemporary effort with practical dedication and action throughout their involvement with Bark's work.