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I hope you will join me in celebrating a great season of groundtruthing and the strong showing of Bark community at Base Camp. Hear stories from some of the 200 people who attended our four-week campout at our party on Saturday, October 8th from 6-9pm! Learn about the rare sundews we found while groundtruthing and the forests that never recovered from past clearcuts, and be inspired to protect the Upper Clackamas River in Mt. Hood National Forest.
In the meantime, here are some of my favorite things from Base Camp:
We were able to accomplish more groundtruthing than we ever have in one summer! While walking units of the proposed Hunter Timber Sale, we found everything from big trees to carnivorous plants. I'm so grateful for the strong new leaders who got boots on the ground, while helping others become better advocates for the place we love.
Base Camp's events and workshops were so inspiring to be part of. We hosted groups like Cascadia Wild, Portland Audubon, 350PDX, Plant for the Planet, Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, Center for Sustainable Economy, NEST, the Arctos School of Herbal and Botanical Studies and more! I feel more solidarity in our work now than ever before!
One particularly heart-moving workshop was the kids climate action camp, Plant for the Planet. Almost a dozen kids spent the day teaching each other about greenhouse gasses, rising sea levels, social change movements and the power of trees. At the end of the day, the kids presented their story and action plans to the rest of the Base Camp attendees.
I believe we succeeded in creating something special which is beyond Bark as an organization; it was real community. There's no question in my mind that we'll be out doing this again next year!
For the forest,
Audie Fuller, Base Camp Coordinator
P.S. The next public comment period for the Hunter Timber Sale will likely be this fall! Stay tuned for ways to push the Forest Service to prioritize real restoration of the Clackamas watershed over more logging and road building.
P.P.S. So many people, businesses and organizations donated items small and large to make this event and our ongoing groundtruthing work possible. We would particularly like to thank the Mazamas Conservation Committee and Mountaineers Foundation.