Watchdogs Dig the Dirt


Do you ever think about how much worse things could be without the watchdogs?

This past week, another dozen forest watchdogs were trained to be the accountability our government depends on. It may be thankless work. Yet, it’s undeniable that all great social change movements in our nation included a few of those tireless souls who will slog through thousands of pages of documents, make a hundred phone calls asking for more documents, and groundtruth every step of a proposal a dozen times.

Our trainings have initiated hundreds of activists on the rigorous art of fact- and field-checking. This past weekend at Bark’s Groundtruthing 101 training, Kathleen said:

“I felt so inspired by the whole group. Everybody brought something to share.”

Groundtruthing is just one of the important tools Barkers show people how to use. Next Thursday, Brenna Bell, our staff attorney, will be offering a free training on Forest Policy. And on October 17th, Gary Wiseman, Bark’s Artist-in-Residence will be talking about his experience using the cultural change tools of an artist. And in the coming weeks, months and months of watchdog work will culminate in a public comment period for the Polallie Cooper Timber Sale, an egregious logging proposal on the North Slope of Mt. Hood.

All of these trainings are free and open to the public because of the support of our community. If you value these opportunities, consider contributing to make them possible. We regularly hear about creative opportunities to support Bark; recently a family decided to donate a percentage of their vacation rental to protect the forests attracting people to our area.

I hope to see you at our upcoming events,



Amy Harwood
Interim Executive Director

P.S. Did you know that we have a legacy giving program? If you would like to plan for your commitment to Mt. Hood’s forest for the next generation, please contact Christine Toth (