In botany, the term radicle is given to the first part of a seedling to emerge from the seed during the process of germination. Rad◦i◦cle is Bark’s free, forest activist training program.
We hope our rad◦i◦cle offerings will encourage community members to develop new growth and deep roots in the environmental movement. Staff and volunteers develop and lead workshops, field days, and resources to empower the public to connect with and take part in the protection and care taking of the vibrant forest ecosystems that surround and support our communities.
Trainings in Forest Policy, Groundtruthing, Beaver Habitat and Wetland Restoration
Share and develop skills to navigate the forest landscape and observe and recognize ecological conditions and characteristics across the forest. Get to know areas beyond the official hiking trails. Explore wetlands, meadows, old growth and recovering forests. Gain an understanding of the goals and impacts of projects and activities developed by the Forest Service. Learn about the ecologically destructive impact of commercial and industrial-scale activities. Get on-the-ground experience in ecological survey, mapping, and restoration projects.
- Rad◦i◦cle Volunteer Orientation
- Groundtruthing 101: Intro to Groundtruthing
- Groundtruthing 201: Fun in the Forest
- Forest Policy 101
- Public Comment Writing
- Wetland Mapping (video only)
- Beaver Habitat Survey (video only)
- National Forests on Stolen Lands: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
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 (called groundtruthing) 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.
Trainings in Forest Policy, Advocacy and Public Engagement
Share and develop skills to educate the public and influence decision-makers about the social and ecological issues impacting the forest and surrounding communities. Gain an understanding of the laws, policies, and movements impacting our relationship to the forest now and in the future. Practice public speaking, community organizing, and advocacy. Learn to navigate the official public input processes around forest management. Get to know and support the interests and needs of communities all around the forest.