Hope for Mt Hood and beyond

How we went from a gag order in January to a change in public opinion in November. more

Official comment period ends Dec 31st

Right-sizing Mt. Hood's road network is the single most important restoration action the Forest Service can take . . . you have one day to make your voice heard. more

How your donation protects Mt Hood National Forest

I've been told by many Bark members recently that they appreciate our tenacious focus on protecting Mt. Hood National Forest and making it a model for other forests. We dig deeper into the issues that matter, and we get results. more

189 free monthly hikes made possible by members

Bark-Abouts have introduced thousands of people to the forest, and to the unforgettable revelation that Mt. Hood National Forest is yours, and it is mostly unprotected. more

Support Bark, support the next generation of activists

This is one of the comments I received from a Portland State University student... more

Forest Service should keep stream protections

Guest opinion published in Eugene's The Register-Guard Newspaper challenges a new effort to undermine stream protections in the Pacific Northwest. more

Bark Alert: Keystone XL and Oregon forests

The BLM predicts that logging 500 million board feet a year (Wyden's bill targets 400MMBF annually) over the next century would release the equivalent carbon of 1 million additional cars on the road for 132 years... more

Northern Spotted OwlACTION ALERT: Spotted owl habitat under fire!

Northern spotted owls are in trouble. On one hand, barred owls are displacing spotted owls where logging has degraded their habitat. On the other, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is approving more logging in what little critical habitat they have left—right here in Mt. Hood National Forest! more

Wildlife and Recreation Vs. Logging

The Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF) is planting a mistaken footprint on our Mountain.
A shift is now required from focusing land management for logging, to watershed health, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities. more

Maintaining Recreation Sites and Protecting the Watershed

A concerted effort is underway to shift the focus of land management in Mt. Hood National Forest (MHNF) from logging to watershed health, wildlife habitat and recreation.
The tip of the effort’s spear is Russ Plaeger, program director at Bark, of Portland. more

Why you should be worrying about roads

Quick question:

What do you think poses the biggest obstacle both to ecosystem health and recreation access in our forests?

In case you hadn’t guessed it from the title, the answer is roads.

Believe it or not, Mt. Hood National Forest is caught in a web of roadways that, placed end to end, would stretch all the way to Miami, Florida—a good 3,000 miles away. more

Tell the Forest Service to get rid of crumbling old logging roads!

The rain is falling hard and our forest roads are washing away! The Forest Service can only maintain 15.8% of the roads in Mt. Hood National Forest. Here's how you can help decide which ones it keeps for recreation and which ones it restores to protect water quality. more

Bark Alert: 5 ways you can stop Nestle!

The water remains in our hands--with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. But this is not a done deal. In spite of overwhelming public opposition, the process is about to advance again! Please take one or all of these actions right now to stop Nestlé from receiving an unprecedented exchange of state-owned water and permits for its first Pacific Northwest water bottling plant… more

46 local businesses and organizations call for Mt. Hood National Forest to Prioritize Restoration and Recreation

Today,  a coalition of local businesses and organizations, representing farmers, recreation groups, business owners, religious interests and conservations groups across the Mt. Hood region, called for Forest Supervisor Lisa Northrop to shift the focus of land management in Mt. Hood National Forest from logging to watershed health and recreation. more

ACTION ALERT: Stop logging roads from limiting recreation

What if you could improve Oregon’s water quality, recreation access, and economy without spending a dime?

Mt. Hood National Forest is in crisis. Though it supports a $50 million tourist economy, the Forest Service can only aford to maintain 15.8% of its 3,000-mile road network. Most are old, disused logging roads that dump sediment into our waterways and damage salmon habitat. And with road maintenance budgets spread thin, even roads to popular recreation areas are crumbling. more