Bark's forest defense and restoration program, called Forest Watch, tracks proposed timber sales, energy transmission corridors, grazing allotments, road building, illegal recreation, and other destructive activities in Mt. Hood National Forest.
By investigating conditions in the forest and providing the scientific and legal documentation to oppose destructive activities, the volunteer-led Forest Watch program, with the financial support of thousands of concerned members of the public, has protected thousands of acres of the forest from destruction. Forest Watch works to combine the information documented through on-the-ground fieldwork (such as groundtruthing, post-logging monitoring, beaver habitat restoration, and wetland survey) with processes for public input as required by law. Bark provides the tools and resources to support community members who want to submit their concerns and recommendations to the Forest Service, helping push the agency to better address social and environmental concerns.