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BARKfest this Saturday - upcoming BARK events

Have you been looking for a way to help protect Oregon's beautiful
forests and have fun doing it? YOU CAN HELP make it happen, simply by
listening to music, drinking beer, munching on homemade tamales and
socializing! Plus there'll be a great silent auction! Friends won't let friends miss this kick ass event!
BARKfest! Sat, Feb 1, 7:30 pm - Midnight

at Disjecta, 116 NE Russell St.

Enjoy live music, food, door prizes, a silent auction and multi-media
entertainment for only $12. The silent auction closes at 9:30 pm, so
come early. You won't want to miss bidding on six months of homemade
pies, a custom built rainwater catchment system, a weekend retreat at a
charming mountain cabin, a beautiful back pack, Burley Bike gear,
artwork and so much more! [see below for a more detailed list]

All proceeds go to support BARK's efforts to protect the Mt. Hood
National Forest from logging.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance, while supplies last
by calling 503-331-0374.

Music by:

John "Lenny" Rancher


Spooky Dance Band

Silent Auction items include:
* Full size backpack from OMC
* Photograph from Sandi Scheinberg collection
* Rain water Catchment system to be built by Greg Dyson
* Large fanny pack from REI
* Pie of the month x 6 months baked by Mary Dyson
* Smith Rock climb for 4 lead by Chris Winters
* 1 pair snow shoes
* Tarot reading by Tsune
* Snowshoe tour for 2 people including gear
and lunch by Julee's Gorge Tours
* Cabin rental on Mt. Hood
* Original artwork from Tarp Tarmac
* Gift Basket from New Season's
* Clarification Counseling Session by Judith Raymond, MSW
* Adventure Medical Kit
* 6 yoga lessons from Julie Lawrence
* 2 limited edition Native American art prints
* Astrological chart reading Permaculture consultation
* 1 hour session from Coyote Garden
* Widmer party pack including a 1/4 barrel of beer and tap
* Burley Bike full rain set
* Fleece jacket from Patagonia


bark\'bärk\ vb - to advertise by persistent outcry

Bark is a non-profit grassroots environmental group working to protect
the Mt. Hood National Forest. There are currently 58 timber sales in
the vicinity of Mt. Hood National Forest, and BARK works with volunteers
to monitor, track and challenge each and every one of them. BARK is the
only group that monitors on-the-ground logging activity on all the sales
on Mt. Hood. Bark works to educate the public through its monthly
hikes, or BARK-Abouts, its Adopt-A-Timber Sale program, and its
award-winning cable access TV show, "Bark for Mt. Hood." BARK is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all contributions to BARK are
tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.


***January 29th Hood River County Planning Commission Public Hearing on
a Proposed County Destination Resort Zoning Ordinance - 7 pm.

WHAT: 2nd session of the Hood River County Planning Commission Public Hearing on a Proposed County Destination Resort Zoning Ordinance

WHEN: January 29, 2003 at 7 PM

WHERE: The Gorge Room at Hood River Inn in Hood River, Oregon. To get
there, take the 3rd Hood River Exit - Highway 35 and then take a left as
if you are going over the bridge to Washington. Just before the bridge,
the Inn is on the right and the Gorge Room is a separate building
directly in front of the registration entrance to the Inn. The Cooper
Spur Wild and Free Coalition has organized meeting rooms as well, so
look for those and arrive 15 minutes before for a light snack, drinks
and some information on the hearing.

IMPORTANCE: This is the second session of the first Public Hearing to be held about Mount Hood Meadows plan to place a 450 unit destination resort with a mega ski facility and golf course at Cooper Spur on the North Side of Mount Hood. This proposed destination resort would destroy the last wild and free areas of Mount Hood. This is the community's first chance to say loud and clear - NO. Together we can save the mountain. The audience at the first session filled the hall, and the Cooper Spur Wild and Free Coalition made an amazing presentation against allowing a Destination Resort to be created at Cooper Spur, near the Crystal Springs drinking water source for 25% of the city. Mt. Hood Meadows won only scattered applause with their proposal that the construction of a 450-unit self-contained ski and gold resort will provide desperately needed economic stimulus and taxes for the county. After all these presentations, there was only time for one hour of public testimony, so a second session was scheduled to allow the public to speak. It was great that so many people showed up to the first session, but this is your chance to have your voice heard!

Hood River County is proposing a destination resort (DR) zoning
ordinance. The ordinance will include a map showing where a new DR zone
could potentially allow a destination resort. The ordinance provides
direction to the County Planning Commission, Staff, Board of County
Commissioners on how the new zoning category will protect and enhance
economic, natural, historic, scenic, farm and forest and other
resources. The County Planning Commission is asking citizens and groups
for input on the proposal.
While some aspects of the ordinance are good, the ordinance and map as
proposed are woefully inadequate. Due to major omissions the ordinance
in its current form will not protect the significant County resources we
hold dear. The map also contains inaccuracies and omissions.
We urge you to attend the public hearing on January 22nd and to voice
opposition to including either Mt. Hood National Forest or private land
near Cooper Spur in a destination resort zone.
Technical language and know-how is not necessary to testify. PLEASE

See www.cooperspur.org < http://www.cooperspur.org/> for more details
and talking points.

***Call Governor KulonLOGski about the appointment of Jim Brown.

For the last 16 years State Forester Jim Brown has overseen the
management activities of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). During
that time every clearcut on Oregon's state and private lands has been
approved by ODF. These activities have contributed to the Northern
Spotted Owl, Coho salmon and Marbled Murrelet being listed under the
federal Endangered Species Act. The National Marine Fisheries Service
told ODF back in 1996 that state logging rules were inadequate with
respect to logging on steep slopes and near streams, but Brown stalled
and now the state is being sued for harming threatened salmon. Recently
a federal District Court refused to accept ODF's argument that they
don't have to obey the Endangered Species Act and other federal
environmental laws. A huge concern is Brown's expressed desire for the
federal forests to be managed by the states, using only state
regulations. These regulations are notoriously less protective than
federal safeguards currently in place. Brown's paper on state and
federal land management is available at  http://www.ti.org/Brown.html
Oregon needs more stringent safeguards for its environment, not more
lenient ones.
If Governor Kulongoski follows Brown's stated position on federal land
management, the Northwest Forest plan currently protecting old-growth
forests, endangered salmon and spotted owls would be history.
Your actions are needed today. Please send your comments on the
appointment of Jim Brown to Governor Ted Kulongoski today!
A sample letter has been provided below for you to edit and send. As
this is one of his first actions dealing with the environment, your
prompt and vigorous input today will help to influence state government
behavior for years to come. The most effective course of action would
be an email to Governor Ted Kulongoski at
 representative.citizen@state.or.us, followed by a hard copy to the
following address:
Office of the Governor
State Capitol, Room 160
900 Court Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-4047
This alert comes via ONRC - for a sample letter go to: www.onrc.org
< http://www.onrc.org/>

homepage: homepage: http://www.bark-out.org
phone: phone: (503) 331-0374

$12 is a lot... 29.Jan.2003 11:06

not wealthy

I would love to come and show my support for BARK. I'd enjoy the entertainment and the auction. But $12 is just way too much. That means $36 for my family and I to come, and there's just no way I can come up with that much $$ for one night's entertainment. That's like, a week's worth of groceries.