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aerial photo of Riverside Fire area, smoke rising out of the coniferous canopyRiverside Fire Information Resources
10/02/2020

The Clackamas River watershed is a favorite place for many Barkers — we have hiked, camped, fished, rafted, groundtruthed all over this region, from Eagle Creek to the Collawash. And now it has changed.  As the immediate threat to homes and communities from the Riverside Fire has subsided, we are trying to understand where it burned, how it burned, and what this will mean for the forest of the future.  Bark has been gathering information and resources to help answer these questions, and we'd like to share a few with you.  As we learn more, we'll share more! ...read more

Bark Alert: Report from the Field
09/24/2020

Between the pandemic and the fires, this is a difficult time for many Barkers. For some, homes and loved ones have been lost, and for many, the places that we treasure are changing significantly. It seems many of us are learning a lot about grief this year. While I am sad that we can’t currently be together in the forest, I want to take a few moments to celebrate Bark’s work and invite you to join us as we continue to grow and adapt with these new landscapes. ...read more

smoky view of st. johns neighborhood street in portland, oregon. cars, homes, trees, and power lines are obscured through the gray blanket of hazeBark Alert: Fire Ecology, Smoke Safety + Community Resources
09/17/2020

Through the haze, we want to offer some clarity on what we know about the fire in Oregon’s forests and to share resources on what we can all do right away to protect ourselves and to help those with the greatest need right now....read more

Gnarl Ridge fire near Tilly Jane areaFire Policy
09/12/2020

Read Bark's Fire Policy, background information, and fire science resources.

You can read an abbreviated version of Bark's Fire Policy here and find the full policy including background information and a list of fire science resources in the document linked below. ...read more

group of volunteers surveying new growth in a previous burn area from the 36 Pit fire in 2014. Foreground shows sprigs of bright new green against the rocky soil.Bark Alert: Learning Lessons from the Land
09/10/2020

As I write, Mt. Hood National Forest is burning. Several new fires are burning through the Clackamas River Ranger District and information is changing by the minute. But, since August 17th, I’ve had my eyes on the White River Fire on the east side of Mt. Hood National Forest....read more

Are you ready to pick up Bark’s tools for forest defense?
09/03/2020

Rad◦i◦cle {the first root of a seedling to emerge during germination} is Bark’s free Activist Training program that empowers individuals to learn valuable skills in forest ecology, public lands advocacy, and community organizing.
The series starts tonight! Join us!
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view on Trillium Lake from a bright blue kayak. Vista faces the pine-ridged shore line on a sunny dayAction Alert: Zigzag Timber Sale Comments are Due Next Monday
08/04/2020

The Mt. Hood Forest Service is again under pressure to meet rising timber volume quotas by logging forests in the headwaters of the Sandy and Salmon river watersheds. Approximately 2,013 acres would be logged to meet the goals of the "Zigzag Integrated Resource Project". The Forest Service is accepting public comment on the project’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA or PA) until August 10th (next Monday!). ...read more

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UPCOMING EVENTS

handdrawn illustration of Mt. Hood with native flora in the foreground
Free Mt. Hood Campaign
Wed, Oct 28th at 7:00 pm

What is Free Mt. Hood? 
Free Mt. Hood is a campaign to protect the forest's natural, ecological resilience to the... read more

photo from the edge of Clackamas Lake, on a clear blue day showing a rich wetland habitat
Rad◦i◦cle: Wetland Habitat Survey Training
Fri, Oct 30th at 10:00 am

Starting this year, Bark is conducting wetland habitat surveys in Mount Hood National Forest, with the long-term goal of restoring these... read more

two birds in a field of yellow grass and purple flowers
November Ecology Club: Becoming Birds – Decolonizing Ecoliteracy through Connecting to Place
Wed, Nov 11th at 6:00 pm

An ecoliterate populace has been described as one of the most important ways to promote sustainability and combat climate change and... read more

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Returning to the controversial Jazz Timber Sale

"It doesn't even look like a forest!"