The forest plays a crucial role in the fate of our communities. It is time for us to take an active role in planning for the future of Mt. Hood!
The People’s Forest Forum 2017 will address the critical need to expand environmental protections for Mt. Hood National Forest in preparation for regional climate instability. With mounting political obstacles to ecological management, the public must create effective and transparent avenues with which to have a hand in the future of Mt. Hood National Forest. The Forum is a venue to amplify our collective aim of ecologically responsible land management for the forest. Focusing on climate change, clean water and recreation, the Forum will offer expert speakers and presentations, facilitated break-out groups and informal discussions, creating space and resources for participants to engage in defending and restoring local public lands.
We will share, learn, and build the necessary resources to amend the Mt. Hood National Forest Plan. With support and input from communities all around the forest Bark is working to craft a vision for Mt. Hood that prepares for climate change and ensures that the values of our communities take priority over commercial extraction projects.
Bark will be using the information generated at the Forum to develop recommendations for substantial improvements to the outdated Mt. Hood National Forest management plan and your input is crucial!
Event Outline 11 am – 1:45 pm: Welcome, and brief presentations covering Forests & Climate Change, Water & Aquatics, Recreation on Public Lands, and the need to change Mt. Hood National Forest’s outdated management plan. 1:45 – 2:35: Lunch & informal conversation (bring your own lunch, Bark will provide snacks). 2:30 – 4:05: Two rounds of break-out discussions covering topics such as: -Forest resilience in a changing climate: How will plant & animal habitat move and change? -Forest carbon cycle: How does the forest store or release carbon with different types of management? -Fire management: How does fire shape ecosystems, and how is climate change shaping fire? -Water as habitat: What are the current and future threats to aquatic species? -Recreation economy: How does the specialized recreation community leverage its economic power for forest advocacy? -Conservation and Social Justice: What might forest management guided by environmental justice principles look like?
4:20 – 5 pm: Reports from break-out discussions and closing
Participating organizations include Physicians for Social Responsibility, Center for Sustainable Economy, Bark, 350.org, Mazamas, Devil's Club, and the Cascade Forest Conservancy. Child care will be provided. Please contact Bark, 503-331-0374, with any questions.
RSVP below. Details and a full schedule will be available soon.