Bark’s mission is to transform Mt. Hood National Forest into a place where natural processes prevail, where wildlife thrives and where local communities have a social, cultural, and economic investment in its restoration and preservation. Founded in 1999, Bark is the resource for community action to protect Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding federal lands. We prioritize grassroots organizing and believe in the power of an engaged public. Through free monthly education hikes, annual campouts, and a ground-truth training program in which trained volunteers gather information in proposed timber sales and active restoration of degraded places—Bark connects people to the land. Building on this connection, we teach federal forest law and policy ecology, and community organizing to provide our community the tools to advocate for ecologically based management of Mt. Hood National Forest.