*FULL* July Bark About Hike: Pollinators of Mt. Hood

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Due to USFS limits on a group size entering wilderness areas, this hike is now full. Stay tuned on ways to get involved with protecting and restoring Mt. Hood pollinators!

For the second year, Bark will be co-sponsoring our monthly Bark About hike with the Portand Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon (NPSO-PDX) to delve into the wonderful world of the pollinators and their flowers. These pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world's flowering plants! NPSO-PDX is dedicated to the enjoyment, conservation, and study of Oregon's native plants and habitats, and Bark’s mission is to protect these habitats surrounding Mt. Hood. Bark hike leader Kim Hack, who will be teaching us about the ecology of pollinators, is partnering with NPSO-PDX’s Zak Weinstein who will focus on the plants themselves. We will be hiking at high elevation in the Zig Zag district of Mt Hood National Forest.

Come explore the types of beautiful habitats and plant species these important pollinating creatures need to continue to function within their critical roles. And learn how to get involved with Bark's upcoming work to restore pollinator habitat on Mt. Hood! Because this hike is limited to 22 participants, RSVP to michael@bark-out.org. Because we will be entering the Mt. Hood Wilderness Area for part of this hike, we’ll be splitting up into two groups (however each will get to experience an equal share of flowers and pollinators!).

Since the beginning 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 all become stronger advocates for the protection of our public lands. Bark hike leaders are passionate, knowledgeable volunteers who educate the public about forest ecology, policy, and how to get take action to defend Mt. Hood forests, rivers and wildlife!

Carpools leave from the Hollywood Trader Joe’s, 4121 NE Halsey, (across the street from the Hollywood Transit Center, near the I-84 exit 2) in Portland at 9am sharp. If you are able to drive, we greatly appreciate your contribution to helping make a successful hike. If you are looking for a ride, please come prepared to reimburse your driver.  If you would like to arrange a meet-up closer to the forest, please let us know by giving us a call at our number below.

Be prepared to hike off trail. Bring lunch, water, and whatever else you need to feel comfortable for a day in the forest.

If you plan to drive please review Bark’s Expectations for all Drivers, here.

Call Bark at 503-331-0374 for more details and information.