Bark is hard at work organizing to keep logging out of Zig-Zag, restore beaver habitats, and change Mt. Hood’s management plan to reflect the current realities our community and ecosystem face. Last year, XRPDX supported their efforts to stop the Crystal Clear timber sale, which saved thousands of acres of old growth forests.
Now there is need for critical action on their Free Mt. Hood Campaign. Their “Take Action” page has important resources for electronic letters to the Forest Service and Congress that must be sent this week!
The current proposed plan for Mt. Hood doesn’t even consider the effects of climate change and the critical role of forests in carbon sequestration. It’s based on outdated fire management ideas and is essentially a plan that prioritizes timber production, rather than recognizing the other valuable roles Mt. Hood forests play as a critical wildlife habitat and a protector of Portland’s main source of water.
The Free Mt. Hood Campaign could become a model for other forest plans nationwide. Give them your support!