Exploring Change: The People's Forest Forum

Thursday, December 17, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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The People's Forest Forum 2020: Exploring Change
December 17th, 7 PM-9 PM

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For our third annual forum, we are excited to offer a virtual space filled with creative homage and dedicated visioning to the future of the forest, waters, and wildlife of Mt. Hood. It is time to Free Mt. Hood!
The 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. And it needs our help.
The Mt. Hood National Forest is managed by the US Forest Service. Unfortunately, the Forest Service’s own rules for running the forest—the Mt. Hood Forest Management Plan—were written in 1990. Thirty years of science has taught us a lot about how forests work and how important they are to protecting our drinking water, providing homes to wild animals, and fighting climate change. But the Mt. Hood Forest Management Plan doesn’t reflect any of that new knowledge. In fact, the current Forest Management Plan emphasizes converting natural forest into manageable timber. It’s time for a better plan.
Free Mt. Hood is a campaign to make Mt. Hood National Forest a 21st century model of public forest management. Our climate is changing, and we need to make sure that management is climate smart. Management priorities have to reflect our region’s commitment to preserving drinking water sources, protecting native species, restoring wildlife habitat—and safeguarding our cultural and economic future.
Bark's volunteer Free Mt. Hood committee members, local artists, staff, and Board invite you to celebrate, contemplate, and anticipate a new vision of forest management with us! This event will feature local art and artists, small group discussions, and presentations by the Free Mt. Hood campaign committee. Please invite your friends, family and community leaders! As part of group discussions we hope you will bring an item, story, or piece of art that represents your unique experiences and sense of value for the forest!

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