RESTORATION PROJECTS

Damage to road in Mt. Hood National ForestClimate change is projected to bring about significant shifts in the pattern of precipitation across the Pacific NW. Decreased snowfall and increasingly warm average temperatures will result in more winter flooding and summer drought. This new precipitation pattern combined with the 4,000 mile network of roads crumbling, old logging roads represent the greatest threat to the health of rivers and streams and the availability and quality of drinking water generated in the forest. Bark works to ensure the Forest Service is prioritizing the work of decommissioning these old roads, by first digging up and decompacting the soils, then replanting. Removing these roads will help to reduce sedimentation into streams as well as discouraging illegal and destructive human activities in these sensitive and damaged areas.

Looking forward, Bark seeks to restore natural systems' capacities to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change on watersheds and drinking water sources. With reduced glacial melt and annual snowpack, summer flow, stream temperatures, and water quality will be diminished. Across the arid west, land managers are turning to nature's original hydrological engineers to help store water through dry periods, recharge aquifers, and protect aquatic habitat. A keystone species, beaver have always had a powerful impact on the landscape, but for nearly 200 years, they have been largely removed from their ecosystem. In 2018 Bark began a concentrated effort to help restore beaver to Mt. Hood National Forest in the hopes that their return will bring greater resilience to the forest ecosystem in the face of climate change.

Every year, the Forest Service proposes a suite of restoration projects to address the damage of these roads and historic logging practices ranging from the creation of in-stream fish habitat to decommissioning unneeded and ecologically harmful roads. You can find project details of current, proposed, and past restoration work in Mt. Hood National Forest at the link below.

Contact Courtney Rae, courtney@bark-out.org, to find out how you can help restore Mt. Hood!

 

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Project Status: 
In Progress