Bark Alert: Learning Lessons from the Land

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.

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Rad◦i◦cle: Intro to Timber Sale Comment Writing

"Public Comments" are one of the few ways that the public can affect the process of planning timber sales (a.k.a.

Action Alert: Zigzag Timber Sale Comments are Due Next Monday

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!). 

Bark Signs onto S. 1731, “The Forest Management Improvement Act of 2017” ​Letter

We hereby sign onto S. 1731,  “The Forest Management Improvement Act of 2017” letter, written by the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, and dated September 26th, 2017.

White House CEQ’s newest administrative rollbacks to NEPA could fundamentally reshape the federal environmental review process

CEQ’s outrageously short 30-day public comment period is no less emblematic of the Trump administration’s effort to silence the people and chill public participation. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) applies to every major federal action the government takes and this process has the potential to impact every person in America on a scale that eclipses tax reform. A paltry 30-day comment period is reflective of this administration’s unwillingness to meaningfully engage with the American people.


Comments Due to Protect Environmental Review

In short, the Trump Administration’s proposals to change the NEPA rules significantly exclude the public and the environment from the decision-making process.


The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): A Precious Process

NEPA is a procedural Act, that requires a particular process, not outcome. NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the impact that their actions will have on the environment and is a bedrock environemtal law used to hold the government accountable.