Free Mt. Hood Campaign Committee meeting

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 5:45pm to 7:15pm

This volunteer committee will meet monthly throughout the campaign. Jump in at any time :).

This meeting takes place at Bark's office, 351 NE 18th Ave. in Portland, OR. Near the Circut Climbing Gym and Latino Network office. Bark's office space is fully ADA accessible, gender-neutral, and kid-friendly.

Campaign Background
Since 1999, Bark has pushed back on proposals to clearcut native forest, build roads through sensitive drinking watersheds and over hiking trails, and sell off the exceptional wildlife habitat of burned forest to private logging companies. While we have been successful in saving thousands of acres, the Mt. Hood Forest Management Plan remains focused on commercial timber extraction and each new project is more destructive than the last. The Free Mt. Hood campaign will build political support for much-needed amendments to the Mt. Hood Forest Plan.

The 28-year-old Mt Hood Land & Resource Management Plan was never intended to have such staying power. The National Forest Management Act requires that forest plans be revised “from time to time when the Secretary finds conditions in a unit have significantly changed, but at least every fifteen years.” An important aspect of keeping the Forest Plan an up-to-date, living document is the preparation of amendments. Based on the analysis of objectives, standards, monitoring, and changing conditions, the Forest Plan needs to be amended from time to time.

With nearly two decades of experience bringing people to the forest, Bark is in a unique and compelling position to catalyze our active community and bring the management of these public lands into the movement for greater climate resiliency for communities around the region. We love Mt. Hood and it is our responsibility to take action to protect this special place and the natural systems which sustain our communities.

Climate Action Plans in Clackamas and Multnomah counties are an important opportunity to weave forest protection into regional policy. Resolutions supporting a better forest management plan from cities where drinking water supplies are reliant on the intact forest ecosystem could elevate the issue. Greater participation from community groups in the forest collaboratives would deepen the Forest Service’s sense of responsibility to all communities to manage the land responsibly and with long term goals. Non-native groups can call for strong interpretations of treaty rights in land management and the responsibility of the settler-colonial government to the Tribes and native communities.

Campaign goals
1) Permanently protect all old-growth, mature and native forest, riparian areas, aquatic ecosystems, drinking watersheds and road-less areas from commercial logging and fossil fuel infrastructure development.

2) Actively rehabilitate areas where unnecessary roads remain on the landscape, demolishing the roads and restoring vegetation and watersheds.

3) Embed climate-smart carbon sequestration and storage goals and management practices into the forest management plan.

Free Mt. Hood campaign artwork of native plants