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Damaging and destructive commercial proposals are a constant threat to Mt. Hood forests, rivers, and watersheds.
Bark's Forest Watch program monitors these project proposals, investigates conditions in the forest, and provides the documentation to fight harmful projects and secure resources for restoration projects. Forest Watch tracks timber sales, energy transmission corridors, changes in recreation management to grazing allotments, road decommissioning, in-stream habitat restoration, and much more.
This monitoring program first reviews the Forest Service documents that detail proposed actions. Then, by combining our boots-on-the-ground work with official comment writing through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, community organizing and legal tactics, we build the legal and public support necessary to influence the outcome of the Forest Service's plans for our public lands. We also house a resource library in our office along with digital resources on our website that detail the NEPA documentation and other relevant materials to effectively track and comment on proposals in Mt. Hood National Forest.