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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!
...read more

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

Zigzag Timber Sale Public Comment Writing Resources
07/24/2020

Public comment periods are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which requires...read more

Bark Volunteers measuring a large tree in Crystal Clear Timber Sale with gleeAction Alert: Take action to increase forest carbon storage!
07/23/2020

Please send a letter to ODF and the Commission encouraging them to begin a science-based process to reform Oregon's forest practices to protect water quality, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and store more carbon. ...read more

Bark Signs onto Letter: Cost-Effective Policy Proposal to Increase Forest-Carbon Stocks
07/23/2020

July 23, 2020


Oregon Global Warming Commission
Attn: Catherine Macdonald
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301


CC:
Peter Daugherty
Oregon Board of...read more

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UPCOMING EVENTS

image of a spotted owl surrounded by lichen moss in a coniferous forest
Ecology Club: NW Forest Plan "Ecological Forestry"
Wed, Sep 23rd at 6:00 pm

Envisioned as a truce to end the Timber Wars of the 1980's, the NW Forest Plan established new, comprehensive management standards and... read more

handdrawn illustration of Mt. Hood with native flora in the foreground
Free Mt. Hood Campaign
Wed, Sep 30th 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

hiker with a backpack heading up a knoll of a recently burned forest, against clear blue sky
Rad◦i◦cle Mt. Hood & Climate Change: Ecology and Policy
Thu, Oct 8th at 6:00 pm

The natural cycles of the forest – which are already compromised from a century of commercially-driven management – are becoming... read more

image of a beaver in water along an urban waterline
October Bark About: Beavers in our neighborhood!
Sun, Oct 11th at 10:00 am

Join us on an in-person outing to explore the habitat of a community of beavers living close to downtown Portland. With the Mt. Hood... read more

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

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Returning to the controversial Jazz Timber Sale

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