Rad◦i◦cle : Groundtruthing 201

Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Bark’s network of volunteer groundtruthers help us monitor every logging project and destructive action in Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. The information gained from groundtruthing allows Bark to provide the public with all the information needed to understand, and engage in, decisions affecting public forest lands. Photos and data collected in the field are uploaded to our online database, which also contains maps and documents of every project we are currently monitoring.

Groundtruthing is simple. Visit a proposed timber sale and document what the Forest Service or BLM is proposing. This information enables Bark, and you, to compare what the agency is planning on the ground versus what it states in the timber sale documents. Past groundtruthers have found discrepancies in agency information and documented rare plants and animals that have led to the cancellation of some or all of the proposed logging.

This workshop is part of Rad◦i◦cle, Bark's activist training program. With courses on forest ecology, forest management policy, timber sale monitoring, forest first aid and hike leading, public lands advocacy and community organizing, Rad◦i◦cle is designed to cultivate powerful forest defenders who are ready to take action to protect clean water, biodiversity, and the incredible forest ecosystems where we live and around the world.

Check back for sign-up information as we continue to monitor safety conditions under COVID-19.

Any questions? Send an email Misha VanEaton, our Forest Watch Assistant, for more details!

Photo of a group of physically-distanced Bark volunteers in a n off-season wetland. The grass is brown against the silhouette of the pine tree mountains in the background