Groundtruthing Field Trip to the proposed Bear Springs Timber Sale in Mt. Hood National Forest. Hike leaders discuss why Bark is objecting to the sale and also ways in which the public can be involved in the process.Also, local native medical plants are pointed out and discussed.
Welcome! Bark is a grassroots network of volunteers dedicated to protecting Oregon's public forests. Our immediate goal is to preserve Mt. Hood National Forest in Northwest Oregon.Forests provide our community with clean air, pure water, habitat for endangered species, refuge and recreation, but they are not being protected by the current environmental laws. Logging is frequently allowed in sensitive areas, even in watersheds that provide our drinking water, and taxpayers are footing the bill for forest destruction to the tune of millions of dollars every year.Bark watchdogs federal land agencies to make sure they manage the forest in the public interest. Bark aims to halt all logging and forest destruction until permanent protection of public forests is achieved. We are doing this through:GROUNDTRUTHING:Bark visits areas proposed for logging to gather information about important natural characteristics that would be destroyed by logging, and to monitor compliance with existing forest practices laws.PUBLIC EDUCATION:Bark leads field trips to proposed timber sales to show the public the unique characteristics and to teach others to groundtruth. We also have a monthly cable access TV show to discuss threats to the Mt. Hood ecosystem and strategies to preserve it.MEDIA CAMPAIGNS:Bark conducts local and national media outings to threatened areas and informs the media about urgent forest issues.CHALLENGING TIMBER SALES:Bark challenges timber sales by submitting formal comments and appeals, and by suing when necessary. We also publish regular alerts to assist others in tracking and challenging timber sales in the Mt. Hood ecosystem.COLLABORATION:Bark works with local municipalities and other non-profits to ensure permanent protection of drinking watersheds on Mt. Hood.The BARK email newsletter is sent out approximately twice a month, updating you on Bark events, the state of Mt. Hood National Forest, and a variety of issues affecting our public lands.www.bark-out.org