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