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This track of the Rad◦i◦cle program will give you the skills necessary to get into the forest and document threats posed by logging or other extractive industry on the ground level. Expect to learn basic map and compass skills, how to identify some of the cornerstone plant and tree species as well as basic ecology of Northwest forests, how timber sales are planned and executed, and how to interpret Forest Service timber sale planning documents. This is a great track for those who want to get boots on the ground, be aware of key features of the forest and understand the threats it faces.
Volunteer Orientation: If you are interested in getting involved with Bark as a volunteer, please attend this training to learn more and see if Bark is for you. Get up to speed on Bark's history, effective advocacy to protect Mt. Hood National Forest, and the roles our skilled and committed volunteers play in this work. We recommend that you attend this training if at all possible before attending other trainings in the Forest Ecology or Policy and Organizing Track of the Rad◦i◦cle Program.
Groundtruthing 101: Fun with Maps: Groundtruthing involves documenting threats to public forests and finding inconsistencies between what the Forest Service says they are doing and what is actually going on in the forest. This information is essential for developing an intimate understanding of an area of forest, and building a legal and public case for stopping or changing destructive logging and other projects. In the first part of this two part training we will discuss what you need to know to prepare for a day groundtruthing in the forest and learn to interpret Forest Service documents and maps of proposed projects. Attend this training before attending Groundtruthing 201.
Groundtruthing 201: Fun in the Forest: In the second part of our Groundtruth Training we will learn to safely navigate our way through the forest with basic map and compass skills, play detective amongst the trees, and learn to see all the things that make an ecosystem healthy as well as recognize and document problems associated with proposed logging. You will be expected to hike off trail, sometimes on steep slopes and over logs and other downed woody material. This training is intended for people interested in becoming actively engaged with in-the-forest work for Bark.
Pre-requisite: Groundtruthing 101.
Crash Course in Forest Ecology: This presentation will highlight the unique ecological qualities of the Pacific Northwest including major tree species in the Cascades, indicator species (what stories plants tell us about their surroundings), succession, and the importance of disease and decay for ecosystem health. We will also explore the management concepts that may disrupt these ecological processes. This training will help you become more compotent in groundtruthing work in the field.
Hike Leader Training: For well over a decade Bark has offered free public hikes that are designed and led by awesome volunteers. This training will be a hands-on day in the field to learn how to design a hike and best present information to the public. Space is limited, so please attend this only if you are interested in becoming a volunteer hike leader with Bark.
Pre-requisite: Groundtruthing 101 and 201.