October Bark About: National Forests on Stolen Lands

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What does it mean to describe land controlled by an agency of the federal government as “public land”? How did it get to be this way? This outing to the area around Mt Hood will build on the historical and current context that was presented in the spring Bark Rad◦i◦cle Activist training. We will visit areas of the forest where we can consider the impact of settler-colonial environmentalism and examine our own relationships with this legacy. We will look at the ideas of “wilderness” and “leave-no-trace recreation” within this context. 

The outing will take place in an area accessible by car from Portland in about 90 minutes, exact location and driving arrangements will be sent to confirmed participants the week before the outing.

We will spend the day moving through in the forest, both on roads and off-trail, walking over uneven terrain, with down logs, possible mud and water. We will make numerous stops for discussion and personal reflection, please come prepared to keep yourself warm and comfortable in the weather.

Please note: This in-person outing will follow COVID-19 protocols. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Driving directions will be sent to registrants before the event. If the tickets are full, please sign up for the waitlist. There will be limited carpooling for fully vaccinated individuals, please check our COVID-19 safety protocols for more information. Participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance from others outside their contact bubble.

Since the beginning, Bark has offered free, monthly hikes to Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding public lands. We believe that by witnessing the breathtaking Cascade ecosystem and learning about the many threats it faces, we can build stronger advocates for the protection of our public lands. Our hike leaders are passionate, knowledgeable volunteers who incorporate information about forest ecology and policy with how to get involved in our efforts.

Questions? Email Misha, Bark’s Forest Watch Assistant.


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