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Bark Bi-Monthly Newsletter

CONTENTS: 1. Animal Tracking hike to Bearknoll, Feb. 8 2. Barkfest! Forests & Mardis Gras, Feb. 21!
3. Save Our Species Day of Action, Feb. 23 4. Stop William Meyers' Nomination! Feb 4 5. Victory in the Gorge, Jan 26-March 10 6. Cooper Spur Overnight at Lodge, March 19 & 20 7. Office Wish List, Nowish 8. Make Money: Save Trees! Today
Barkers,



Things are getting just a wee bit out of hand with the Bush administration's attack on our forests. On Christmas was the exemption of the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless rule. Last Friday was the removal of protection for a range of forest-dwelling critters with the elimination of the Survey and Manage requirements of the Northwest Forest Plan. Bark's strategy? Revitalize and take a stand! Reinvigorate yourself in the woods on our animal tracking hike next Sunday. Get pumped up at Barkfest, Bark's annual community celebration on Feb. 21 (can you say Mardis Gras Marching band three times fast?), and take a stand at the protest to Save Our Species on Feb. 23.



See you there!



Sandi Scheinberg

Executive Director

www.bark-out.org



CONTENTS:



1. Animal Tracking hike to Bearknoll, Feb. 8

2. Barkfest! Forests & Mardis Gras, Feb. 21!

3. Save Our Species Day of Action, Feb. 23

4. Stop William Meyers' Nomination! Feb 4

5. Victory in the Gorge, Jan 26-March 10

6. Cooper Spur Overnight at Lodge, March 19 & 20

7. Office Wish List, Nowish

8. Make Money: Save Trees! Today



1. Animal Tracking Hike to Bearknoll!

CARPOOLS LEAVE THE DAILY GRIND (SE Hawthorne & 40th) PROMPTLY AT 9:30 AM. Please arrive by 9:15 am so we can check you in, arrange rides and give a brief overview of the day's plans. If you can drive--GREAT, BRING CHAINS! (Just in case.) Note: Please bring snowshoes. To reserve one of Bark's, email us at  brian@bark-out.org (first come first served)!



This month Bark and Cascadia Wild are teaming up to co-lead a winter tracking and timber sale hike in Mt. Hood National Forest. Learn the art of animal tracking while you help protect our threatened local forests. Cascadia Wild is dedicated to creatively inspiring personal connection to community and nature, while Bark is dedicated to protecting Mt. Hood National Forest.

Hikes meet at the Daily Grind (SE 41st & Hawthorne) at 9:15 am, where carpools will be arranged. Bring lunch, water, and warm water resistant winter clothes including boots, hat, gloves, scarf, and rain gear. If you have a high clearance vehicle, please bring it. Also, please bring chains! More information: (503) 331-0374,  info@bark-out.org



2. Barkfest: Celebrate Mardis Gras & Save Our Forests!

Saturday, February 21, 2004, 7 pm - 2 am; Silent Auction 7 -10 pm

Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, Portland



Enjoy a live Mardis Gras marching band and other superb music, food, DJs, dancing, no-host bar, door prizes, silent auction, tarot card readings, and a multi-media extravaganza — all in the name of forest protection! The silent auction closes at 10:00 pm, so come early. You won't want to miss bidding on a weekend retreat at a charming mountain cabin, a beautiful back pack, bike gear, artwork and so much more! All proceeds go to support Bark! Bark is gearing up for a vigorous season of defending the forests, waters and wildlife of Mt. Hood National Forest. Help us by coming to Barkfest!



MarchFourth Marching Band

Shicky Gnarowitz

Heather Christie Band

DJ Rafa, & DJ Ezra of Atlas

$15 at the door (or $12 if you come by bike); $12 in advance



Advance Tickets are available through Bark at 503-331-0374, or purchase online at www.bark-out.org. If you donate $37, you'll get your entrance ticket plus a free map of the Mt. Hood National Forest. If you donate $112, you'll get your entrance ticket plus a free Bark fleece headband or neck gaiter!



3. Save Our Species Day of Action

Monday, February 23, 8:00 am, Forest Service Northwest Region HQ, 333 SW First Avenue, Portland



The Bush/Rey administration has done it again! This time, they've eliminated the Survey and Manage requirements of the Northwest Forest Plan, which required surveying for rare species before logging could be approved. This was a key protection for our old growth forests, and now it's gone. Join WALL (Witnesses Against Lawless Logging), Bark, Cascadia Rising, and others to take a stand for critters who can't speak for themselves. For more information visit the Cascadia Rising Eco-Defense Network page:  http://rising.olynetwork.com/sam/sam3.php or call 503-493-7495.



4. Stop William Meyers' Nomination! Save Our Forests!

Nomination hearing in the Senate could be as soon as February 4.



The Bush administration has nominated William Myers, former mining and grazing lobbyist, to a lifetime seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court that decides the fate of environmental safeguards in nine western states. Please help us stop his nomination! We need to pull out all the stops here to sink this candidate—or the negative effects on our forests could be mind blowing.



Myers, who until recently was Interior Secretary Gale Norton's top lawyer, has a record of bending the law to fit his personal, anti-environmental agenda - and to fit the agenda of the polluting industries he used to represent as a lobbyist. For example, he overturned the denial of a gold mine proposal in southern California that would pollute the environment and destroy sites sacred to the Quechan Native American Nation that has continuously inhabited the area for thousands of years.



Take Action! Please ask your senators to oppose William G. Myers', lifetime nomination by calling your senators' offices today and/or faxing them a letter today.



Senator Wyden

500 NE Multnomah #320

Portland, OR 97232

Fax: 503-326-7528

503-326-7525, Portland

202-224-3121, D.C.



Senator Smith

121 SW Salmon

Suite 1250

Portland, OR 97204

503-326-3386, Portland

202-224-3121, D.C.

Fax: 503-326-2900



Sample letters available at  http://ga1.org/campaign/myers. For more information, contact Kristen Sykes, Friends of the Earth,  ksykes@foe.org



5. Victory in the Gorge: But We Still Need Your Help

Public comment period on Draft Revised Management Plan, January 26 - March 10

Public Hearing, February 24, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles



The Columbia River Gorge Commission and Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area office has now released the Draft Revised Management Plan for public review and comment. The Management Plan sets policies and regulations for all land use in the 292,500 acre Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area!



Thank you to everyone who wrote comments and/or attended the Forest Service workshop Saturday, 1/24. We have made some significant progress with the Forest Service! The Draft plan reflects your input. See the list of changes at bottom. However, we still have improvements to make, and encourage you to get involved in this next stage of the process.

The Commission and Forest Service will hold a public hearing on February 24, 2004 at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles to take more public input. Details on the public hearing can be found on the Commission's website at www.gorgecommission.org. After the end of the public comment period, Commission and Forest Service Staff will prepare a Final Revised Management Plan, which will be considered at a special meeting of the Columbia River Gorge Commission on April 27, 2004. The Draft Revised Management Plan can be downloaded from the Commission's website or can be obtained either in paper form or on CD ROM by calling (509) 493-3323 or (541) 308-1720.

Below are a list of improvements due to your comments and testimony:



1. Limit created openings (clearcuts) to one acre on federal Forest and Open Space zones. (The original proposal would have allowed clearcuts in excess of 15 acres.)

2. Require that forest practices protect all old growth trees. (The original proposal only provided partial protection to stands greater than 10acres.)

3. Revise the definition of old growth in the Management Plan to match the definition in the Northwest Forest Plan. (Same as above. The original proposal only provided partial protection to stands greater than 10 acres.)

4. Limit forest-to-agriculture conversion to a maximum of 15 acres. (The original proposal allowed clearings to exceed this limit.)

5. Regarding landscape protection, limit the acreage of created openings on nonfederal land to 8% of the visible landscape. (The original proposal limited clearcuts to 16% of the visible landscape on nonfederal land.)



We view these changes to be improvements as compared to the original proposals from the Forest Service. We still have remaining concerns. They are as follows.



1. Prohibit all clear-cutting, or "created forest openings," in the SMA.

2. Prohibit all commercial forest practices on SMA federal land.

3. Prohibit clearing forests for conversion to agricultural uses.

4. Protect roadless areas by prohibiting forest practices including so-called forest health logging.

5. Expand buffers for perennial stream to 300-feet and intermittent streams to 150-feet.



The Forest Service will be accepting comments on the revised draft guidelines until March 10.



For more detailed information, contact:
Michael Lang
Conservation Director
Friends of the Columbia Gorge
(503) 241-3762, #105
 michael@gorgefriends.org

USFS Contacts:
Martha Bennett, Executive Director
Brian Litt, Senior Planner

Columbia River Gorge Commission
P.O. Box 730, White Salmon, WA 98672
509-493-3323; fax: 509-493-2229
Mike Ferris, Public Affairs/Fire Staff Officer, 541-308-1702

Virginia Kelly, Planning Team Leader, 541-308-1720
USDA Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
902 Wasco St., Suite 200
Hood River, OR 97031



6. Cooper Spur Overnight Education Weekend

Friday night - Saturday, March 19 & 20, 2004, Mazamas Lodge



Get updates on the proposed development at Cooper Spur and Polallie-Cooper Timber Sales, meet new people and enjoy the outdoors! Join members of Mazamas, Bark and other conservation groups for an overnight at the Mazamas lodge, with slide show, presentations, good food, and a field trip to the area (ski, snowshoe or hike depending on conditions). You are also welcome to come for Saturday only.



Kate McCarthy, long-time Hood River resident and resort development opponent, will present a slide show on the historical perspective of Mt. Hood Meadows' use of the mountain. Cooper Spur Wild & Free Coalition members, including Bark, will update you on proposed logging and development issues, and answer questions.



Schedule:

Friday

Dinner 6:15 -7:15 PM (Dinner is $10-excellent food!)

Slide show & presentations /Q&A 7:30 - 8:45 PM



Saturday

Breakfast - 7-8:30 am (Breakfast is $7).

Carpools leave lodge for expeditions at Cooper Spur - 8:45 AM



To stay overnight & reserve meals, call the lodge at 1-(503) 272-9214 or email  lodge@mazamas.org (there should also be a link to email the lodge at the www.mazamas.org). Make your reservations early! If you are not a member of Mazamas or Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs, just mention that you are coming for the Cooper Spur program. It's a dormitory style facility. Go to the website and click on "lodge" and "brochure" to get details about the setup. It's rustic but quite lovely. Questions? Email Kelly Harrison at  gemineye6@yahoo.com or call (503) 293-3823. Directions to the lodge can be found at www.mazamas.org under "lodge."



7. Still Wishing....

If you have any of the below items to donate to Bark, please contact  Brian@bark-out.org or call 503-331-0374. Thank you!



Cork board & large Chalk Board

Small table for displaying materials

Snow shoes

Water filter

Pencil sharpener

Storage Cabinets

Calculator

Stackable or Folding chairs

Small Table (2x2 feet)

Large Scenic Photos of Mount Hood National Forest (for our wallsJ)

CD Booklets

Battery Tester

Paper Shredder

Whistles (keep us from getting lost in the forest!)

Walkie Talkies

Paper Cutter



8. Make Money & Save Trees!

If you are looking for flexible part time, meaningful work, consider joining Bark's canvass!



You'll make a difference for the earth, earn money, meet new people, and learn a great deal about our National Forests! To find out more information, contact AJ at  AJ@Bark-out.org or at 503-331-0374.

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