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Read a summary of our view on fire in the forest below and Bark's Fire Policy here. Also check out other resources regarding fire, forest ecology, and the dangers of post-fire salvage logging below.
For tens of thousands of years, fire has graced the forests that now make up the Mt. Hood National Forest. From regular underburning and the occasional big fire in the eastside pines, to large westside blazes spanning thousands of acres, fire has played an essential role in maintaining ecosystem health. Over the past hundred years, the character of the forests has been vastly changed due to logging, grazing, development, and fire exclusion. As an organization committed to the protection of Mt. Hood National Forest, Bark advocates for public lands management using scientific principles to protect and restore ecological health. As regards fire, Bark advocates for land management practices that recognize wildlands fire as a positive agent of ecological change.
What would fire-positive land management on Mt. Hood National Forest include?