Our Forests are a Carbon Solution

Last year, a friend and I decided to skip the city and spend New Year’s Eve camping in Mt. Hood surrounded by the glitz and glitter of winter at 3,000ft. It was frosty and beautiful along the Collawash River, but there was little snow and we wondered about the effect of the mild winter on watersheds and wildlife.

Forests will adapt to the changing climate, but how drastic will the transformation be? As the communities that rely on Mt. Hood for everything from clean water to recreation, we are accountable for protecting the ecological processes that help the forest be resilient to climate change.

Send a letter to Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Lisa Northrop right now and urge her to prioritize climate conscious planning for the future of Mt. Hood.

And then take a few moments to watch and share Bark’s powerful new video documenting the effect of logging in the highly contested Jazz Timber Sale. Mt. Hood National Forest’s unique ecology makes it one of the most significant carbon sinks in the country, but the Forest Service continues to disregard the devastating effects of logging under the guise of restoration. Add the influence of timber lobbyists pushing for bigger logging projects and weaker environmental protections - the forest’s ability to sequester atmospheric carbon is under threat.

This week people around the world are organizing grassroots actions calling for dramatic intervention to stop the industries and policies that contribute to climate change. Bark, as always, is speaking for the forest. Join us this Saturday, Dec. 12th at the east side of the Tillicum Crossing at 11:30am in solidarity with climate activists worldwide. Look for the salmon and tree placards in the crowd and march with other Barkers!

This is a big moment. We hope to see you there.

Courtney Rae

Courtney Rae, Community Organizer

P.S. In 1996, devastating floods removed many of the roads and bridges from Fish Creek area and now the watershed is home to one of the largest whole watershed restoration projects undertaken in the United States. Join our volunteer Hike Leaders on this Sunday’s Bark About to explore the Lost Roads of Fish Creek!