August Bark About: Pine and Aspen Forests of the East Side

Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Think that Eastern Oregon is all desert, wheat fields, and watermelon farms?  Guess again! The eastern counties offer rich and diverse forests, with some familiar plants and some that are unheard of in our moist West side forests.  Join Rachel Freifelder, forest fire ecologist, to explore the beautiful and different ecosystems of the Malheur National Forest.  Rachel has volunteered with Bark for seven years groundtruthing timber sales on Mt. Hood. This workshop will cover her work with Bark’s sister organization, the Blue Mountains Biodioversity Project, to survey the Crow Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project. This is a timber sale in the Malheur near Hines, OR, which you can read more information about hereIf this place is special to you in any way, please consider commenting on this timber sale! Comments are due August 7. This is unfortunately before our broadcast, but you are encouraged to read and comment if you feel inspired.

Filming and additional knowledge for this workshop contributed by Trout Lily, long term volunteer with BMBP.

For over 20 years, Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by witnessing the breathtaking Cascade ecosystem and learning about the many threats it faces, we can build stronger advocates for the protection of our public lands. Now, in our efforts to flatten the curve, our free monthly hikes take the form of online discussions with our passionate and knowledgeable volunteers. Each month, a new speaker will interweave information about forest ecology and policy with how to get involved in our efforts to stop commercial logging on Mt. Hood.

For more details, information, or for specific arrangements, please email us.

landscape shot of the Malheur Forest, open blue sky over semi-arid desert brush. Looks like some sage and some pine with mountains in the distance.