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Living in a Land of Fire

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.

Riverside Fire Information Resources

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! 

Bark Alert: Fire Ecology, Smoke Safety + Community Resources

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.

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.

Radicle Training: Intro to Forest Policy

Who makes land management decisions and what are their goals?How can we influence the management if we, the public, don’t like it? This training will answer all these questions, and more!

ACTION ALERT: Spotted owl habitat under fire!

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!

Are forest fires good for forests?

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.”