LATEST NEWS

group photo of Bark's outreach teamChange is Made by the People
12/29/2020

This year alone, Bark has had 12,000 conversations with supporters, like you. Each time we are inspired and energized by amazing conversations with those who stand with us as we fight for meaningful changes to the Management Plan for Mt. Hood's forests....read more

A Tale of Two Streams
12/23/2020

Bark advocates for proactive restoration that prioritizes the health of watersheds and forests for decades to come. For the last two years, Bark has worked to identify beaver habitats and prepare to reintroduce beavers to Mt. Hood National Forest. Beavers' effect on ecosystems makes them powerful partners in mitigating the effects of climate change. Observe the benefits beavers bring to their environments in this Tale of Two Streams....read more

From One Forest to Another
12/16/2020

Much has changed already in our view of Northwest forests. By staying connected to what happens in local forests, we can set an example to help people throughout the region protect the places most precious to them....read more

Exploring opportunities for change
12/08/2020

The current Forest Management Plan allows the agency to continue to act as if the climate isn’t changing....read more

Bark Supports Rep. Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior
12/07/2020

We can think of no better person to run the Department of the Interior....read more

against a backdrop of blackened trees, new lime green growth springs forth from the forest floorLiving in a Land of Fire
12/01/2020

We need to change the policies that are still embedded in the culture of fire suppression to reflect what has always been true: This is a land of fire and we need to learn to live with it....read more

Bark volunteer standing in the middle of a wetland, chartreuse in color on a clear sunny day A Thriving Ecosytem
11/19/2020

We are all part of a larger ecosystem and the outcomes that it produces. Every moment that we are not actively working to change it is also a moment in which we are complicit in its sweeping inertia....read more

Action Alert: Urge ODFW to restore Mt. Hood's Beavers!
11/11/2020

Please take a moment to urge the Commission to vote in favor of initiating the rulemaking process to increase protections for beavers on federal lands in Oregon....read more

Group of Bark volunteers at an event to Free Mt. HoodActivated by Uncertainty
11/05/2020

We can never know exactly what challenge awaits us, yet we are none-the-less responsible for providing the effort, vision, and adaptability to shape change for the better....read more

The Management Plan for Mt. Hood National Forest was adopted in 1990 and has not been updated since then. This document guides every decision that the Forest Service makes.The Need for Change
11/02/2020

The way that we view our forests and the principles guiding decisions that are made about them need to fundamentally change. We cannot keep painting over the cracks in the foundation....read more

When you imagine the future of this region, what do you see?
10/29/2020

Bark relies on people like you who value our proactive and on-the-ground approaches and choose to invest in the future of Mt. Hood National Forest....read more

Penny at Lost Creek near Horseshoe RidgeACTION ALERT: Support Local Voices on Zigzag Logging Proposal
10/08/2020

We are Laura, Penny, Russell, Mitch and Georgenne. Like you, we love Mt. Hood and consider it our responsibility to be informed and take action for the protection of the forests, waters, and wildlife with whom we share the landscape. ...read more

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

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