Free Mt. Hood

Free Mt. Hood is Bark's campaign to engage communities in an effort to make Mt. Hood a 21st century model of forest management policy that focuses on climate and community resilience.

color illustration of Mt. Hood's silhoette against a pine ridge. in the foreground flows a river surrounded by native flora, lupine, fern, etc. Across the mountain birds hold text that reads: Free MT. HOOD

Connect with the Free Mt. Hood Campaign Committee.

Learn more about the ways that forest management affects your communities and get support to raise your voice and vision for the future of the forest.

Fire and Forest Management

The Forest Service’s old fire management techniques create increasingly vulnerable regions, which will be exacerbated by longer, more intense fire seasons.

Drinking Water and Forest Management

Mt. Hood National Forest’s waters are critical to more than just its plants and wildlife, with more than two-thirds of Oregonians getting their drinking water from the forest.

Communities, Culture, and Forest Management

This emphasis on timber harvests persists despite the fact that the outdoor recreation industry now contributes three times more to Oregon's economy than the logging and wood products industries, while preserving the forest for public use, instead of destroying it for short-term profits.

Climate Change and Forest Management

Climate change is the most pressing ecological issue of our time, likely to dramatically affect Mt. Hood National Forest’s ecosystems and wildlife as the crisis unfolds.

Wildlife and Forest Management

Over the last three decades, significant changes in wildlife abundance have taken place in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Fires and tree planting affect the numbers of mule deer. Spotted owls increasingly struggle to find habitat.