Learn about the history of Bark's work and our current efforts, connect with current staff + volunteers, and share your interests and aspirations as a forest defender!
Mt. Hood National Forest is one of the Pacific Northwest's greatest treasures, known for its scenic beauty, bountiful wildlife, and sparkling lakes and rivers, beloved by locals and visitors alike.
Many Oregonians do not realize that the top priority for National Forest management is production of a predictable timber crop, even though 1/3 of Oregonians depend on the forest for drinking water. The recreation economy continues to outpace timber as an economic driver in the rural PNW, yet the local Forest Service, following an outdated Forest Management Plan, focuses on pushing huge logging projects through as quickly as possible.
Whether you are just beginning to learn about forest ecosystems and public lands advocacy or are an experienced field biologist or policy analyst, your energy and knowledge are vital to strengthening the public influence over how these ecosystems + treasured wild places are treated by our government. There are many ways you can address threats to the forest, but the best way is to find something that will keep your interest and utilize your skills!
As an organization founded originally by white people in the settler-colonial lineage, Bark is a part of the legacy of land theft and the erasure of native authority over the lands now referred to as the “public lands of Mt. Hood National Forest”. As an organization, we have established influential relationships with the Forest Service, part of the same Federal government which facilitated the violent land theft, colonization, and displacement of indigenous people. Non-native peoples have access and privilege to these lands because of this violent legacy. Bark is working to transform our organization, to take responsibility for this legacy and these unearned privileges.