The People's Forest Forum

Date: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
11:00am to 5:00pm

Bark, protectors of Mt. Hood, is proud to host the first annual

People’s Forest Forum for Mt. Hood National Forest

April 15th, 2017, 11am-5pm

Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE Yamhill St. Portland, OR

The forest plays a crucial role in the fate of our communities. It is time for us to take an active role in planning for the future of Mt. Hood!

You are invited to the People’s Forest Forum for Mt. Hood National Forest on Saturday April 15, 2017 at Sunnyside Community House to address the critical need to expand environmental protections for Mt. Hood National Forest to prepare for regional climate instability. With mounting political obstacles to ecologically-based management, the public must create our own effective and transparent avenues to have a hand in the future of Mt. Hood National Forest. RSVP HERE!

Focusing on climate change, clean water and recreation, the Forum will offer expert speakers and presentations, facilitated break-out groups and informal discussions, creating space and resources for participants to engage in defending and restoring local public lands.  We will share, learn, and build the necessary resources to amend the Mt. Hood National Forest Plan.

Bark will be using the information generated at the Forum to develop recommendations for substantial improvements to the outdated Mt. Hood National Forest management plan and your input is crucial!

Event Outline
11 am – 1:45 pm: Welcome, and brief presentations covering Forests & Climate Change, Water & Aquatics, Recreation on Public Lands, and the need to change Mt. Hood National Forest’s outdated management plan.

1:45 – 2:35: Lunch & informal conversation (bring your own lunch, Bark will provide snacks).

2:30 – 4:05: Two rounds of break-out discussions covering topics such as:

  • Forest resiliency in a changing climate: How will plant & animal habitat move and change?
  • Forest carbon cycle: How does the forest store or release carbon with different types of management?
  • Fire management: How does fire shape ecosystems, and how is climate change shaping fire?
  • Water as habitat: What are the current and future threats to aquatic species?
  • Recreation economy: How does the specialized recreation community leverage its economic power for forest advocacy?
  • Conservation and Social Justice: What might forest management guided by environmental justice principles look like?

4:20 – 5 pm: Reports from break-out discussions and closing

Confirmed participant organizations include Physicians for Social Responsibility, Center for Sustainable Economy, Bark, 350.org, Mazamas, and the Cascade Forest Conservancy.

Child care will be provided.  Please contact Bark, 503-331-0374, with any questions.

RSVP HERE!

The People's Forest Forum for the Future of Mt. Hood National Forest