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Northern Spotted OwlACTION ALERT: Spotted owl habitat under fire!
11/05/2014

Northern spotted owls are in trouble. On one hand, barred owls are displacing spotted owls where logging has degraded their habitat. On the other, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is approving more logging in what little critical habitat they have left—right here in Mt. Hood National Forest! ...read more

Wildlife and Recreation Vs. Logging
11/02/2014

The Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF) is planting a mistaken footprint on our Mountain.
 
A shift is now required from focusing land management for logging, to watershed health, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities....read more

Maintaining Recreation Sites and Protecting the Watershed
11/02/2014

A concerted effort is underway to shift the focus of land management in Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF) from logging to watershed health, wildlife habitat and recreation.
 
The tip of the effort’s spear is Russ Plaeger, program director at Bark, of Portland....read more

Why you should be worrying about roads
10/29/2014

Quick question:

What do you think poses the biggest obstacle both to ecosystem health and recreation access in our forests?

In case you hadn’t guessed it from the title, the answer is roads.

Believe it or not, Mt. Hood National Forest is caught in a web of roadways that, placed end to end, would stretch all the way to Miami, Florida—a good 3,000 miles away....read more

Tell the Forest Service to get rid of crumbling old logging roads!
10/28/2014

The rain is falling hard and our forest roads are washing away! The Forest Service can only maintain 15.8% of the roads in Mt. Hood National Forest. Here's how you can help decide which ones it keeps for recreation and which ones it restores to protect water quality....read more

Bark Alert: 5 ways you can stop Nestle!
10/23/2014

The water remains in our hands--with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. But this is not a done deal. In spite of overwhelming public opposition, the process is about to advance again! Please take one or all of these actions right now to stop Nestlé from receiving an unprecedented exchange of state-owned water and permits for its first Pacific Northwest water bottling plant…...read more

46 local businesses and organizations call for Mt. Hood National Forest to Prioritize Restoration and Recreation
10/22/2014

Today,  a coalition of local businesses and organizations, representing farmers, recreation groups, business owners, religious interests and conservations groups across the Mt. Hood region, called for Forest Supervisor Lisa Northrop to shift the focus of land management in Mt. Hood National Forest from logging to watershed health and recreation....read more

ACTION ALERT: Stop logging roads from limiting recreation
10/16/2014

What if you could improve Oregon’s water quality, recreation access, and economy without spending a dime?

Mt. Hood National Forest is in crisis. Though it supports a $50 million tourist economy, the Forest Service can only aford to maintain 15.8% of its 3,000-mile road network. Most are old, disused logging roads that dump sediment into our waterways and damage salmon habitat. And with road maintenance budgets spread thin, even roads to popular recreation areas are crumbling....read more

Are forest fires good for forests?
10/01/2014

On my desk at the Bark office is a single Trivial Pursuit card. The Science & Nature question asks: “Are forest fires good for forests? What do you think the answer is?”

If you, like so many millions of Americans, have been brought up with Smokey Bear’s “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” and are accustomed to reading headlines like “Blazing inferno destroys forest”, you may well answer the trivia question “no.”...read more

September Bark Alert: Roadways harm recreation on Mt. Hood
09/10/2014

My most recent hiking trip to Mt. Hood National Forest included driving a bumpy, potholed, gravel road. How about you? Meanwhile, miles of roads that lead to timber sales have been upgraded....read more

Bark Office Temporarily Relocating After Fire
08/15/2014

Bark continues to protect Mt. Hood National Forest, even after a fire on August 8, 2014 ravaged through three stories of the historic Osborn Building....read more

Special Alert: Office Fire Edition
08/15/2014

The 3-alarm fire at Bark's office building will take months to restore. Meanwhile Bark needs your help......read more

Another crumbling road on Mt. HoodRoad Rage: Why all the fuss about roads?
08/05/2014

According to the Forest Service, sediment contribution from roads to streams is greater than all other forest management activities combined.

But what roads pose the biggest problem? And how can we remove them without limiting our access to the forest?...read more

August Bark Alert: Nestlé, edible plants, and more
08/05/2014

Dear Barker, The Travel Analysis Process, or TAP, is set to begin in Mt. Hood National Forest this month. It may sound boring but it will determine the future of how, and maybe if, you get to your favorite trail, campground, or fishing hole for decades to come....read more

Two Ways to Help Mt. Hood Hikers
07/24/2014

This weekend, Bark's allies at Trailkeepers of Oregon will build a trail that closes a chapter in the history of illegal ATV use in Mt. Hood National Forest......read more

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