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Commercial proposals which seek to profit from ecologically exploitative projects are a constant threat to Mt. Hood forests, rivers, watersheds, wildlife, and recreation opportunities.
Forest Watch, Bark's publicly supported forest monitoring program, scrutinizes proposed timber sales, energy transmission corridors, changes in recreation management, grazing allotments, road decommissioning, in-stream habitat restoration, and much more! By investigating conditions in the forest and providing the scientific and legal documentation to fight harmful commercial activities; our volunteer led Forest Watch Committee along with the Forest Watch Coordinator, Staff Attorney, and hundreds of concerned people have and will continue to protect thousands of acres of the forest.
Forest Watch staff and volunteers begin with a thorough review of Forest Service documents that describe proposed actions (treatments) and environmental impacts of a timber sale, grazing allotment or other commercial project. Then, combining the data documented through our boots-on-the-ground field work (Ground-truthing) with official comment writing (Bark's concerns and recommendations about the project) we advocate the Forest Service changes its proposal to address social and environmental concerns.
Using this strategy of science-based monitoring and utilizing legal tactics for the protection of the environment, we can demonstrate the scientific and legal and 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.
To find out more about the destructive proposals threatening Mt. Hood National Forest right now, or to support our Forest Watch program, contact Michael Krochta, Bark's Forest Watch Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 331-0374.