I am so excited because this weekend, Bark's allies at Trailkeepers of Oregon will build a trail that closes a chapter in the history of illegal ATV use in Mt. Hood National Forest. I hope you can join them (details below).
In 2010 Bark convinced the Forest Service to decommission roads near the old Douglas Trailhead.
The work is finally done and it has stopped damage by ATVs, vandalism (see photo right) and trash dumping.
We are ready to do the same for the Clackamas River Trail, Salmon Butte Trail, and dozens of others.
We need your help! Please donate today and help create a legacy of safe access to quiet recreation throughout your Mt. Hood National Forest.
A little context
The beautiful Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness is one of the gems of our urban national forest. Its 70 miles of hiking trails take you to old-growth forest, waterfalls, and Cascade Mountain views.
But the forest around the Douglas Trailhead was extensively logged and roaded in the 20th century, which provided an area for illegal shooting, dumping, and illegal ATV access into the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.
The damage accumulated, and by 2009, the area was lawless and the landscape degraded.
That is, until Bark convinced the Forest Service to decommission 50 miles of road and the old rock quarry, which is now leading to peace and quiet once again in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.
But it wasn't just Bark that weighed in. We provided information to Trailkeepers of Oregon, Mt. Hood Corridor Community Planning Organization, Mt. Hood Stewardship Council, and nearby residents, that enabled them to advocate for fewer roads, and better trails.
Help expand this success througout Mt. Hood National Forest
Next month, the Forest Service will announce the "Travel Analysis Process," its largest analysis of Mt. Hood's over-sized road network to date.
Decrepit roads create ecological damage and pose safety threats. The Travel Analysis Process will help identify the roads we use, and then we can turn some of the bad roads into beautiful recreation trails, and decommission others to protect water quality and wildlife.
Right-sizing the road system will create much-needed jobs for years to come.
Your donation now will help Bark:
- Train volunteers to analyze the Forest Service proposal
- Mobilize gateway communities to advocate for a proposal that will benefit their recreation and tourism economies
- Coordinate recreation advocates to ensure the Forest Service proposal benefits trail users
- And lastly, but hopefully not necessary, craft an alternative proposal if the Forest Service proposal falls short!
What else can you do? Help build the new Douglas Trailhead this weekend!
Bark is proud to recruit volunteers to help our allies at Trailkeepers of Oregon build a new connection that will improve hiking access to Douglas Trail #781.
Event details can be found here. No prior trail maintenance or construction experience is necessary.
Whether you choose to donate to Bark or test your muscles with Trailkeepers of Oregon this weekend, or both, thank you for supporting Mt. Hood National Forest!
Alex P Brown, Executive Director
PS-Interested in what it looks like when Bark "convinces" the Forest Service to take action? Click here to see our "appeal resolution."