FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hike the Pipe!
June 8-22, 2008
Mt. Hood National Forest
Press Event: Wednesday, June 11th
at the site of the proposed gas pipeline across the Clackamas River
Public Campout: Saturday, June 14th- Sunday, June 15th
Contact: Amy Harwood, 503-331-0374, email@example.com
HOOD HIKERS AGREE, NO LNG!
Local watchdog group, Bark, announces plans to walk, climb and swim proposed 40-mile LNG pipeline route cutting through Mt. Hood National Forest to provide missing data to the public
Bark announces Hike the Pipe, an event to raise awareness of the threat by the proposed controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline and terminals to Oregon's old-growth forests, some of our most scenic rivers, and popular hiking trails. Bark connects a groundswell of resistance across western Oregon to an organized local response united against building an unstable, unprotected 210-mile pipeline energy network through public and private lands, more than half of which require the use of eminent domain to be built.
Home to a third of all Oregonians' drinking water, years of agency mismanagement has left parts of Mt. Hood's remaining intact ecosystems in great peril. "No American should ever have to be asked to risk their access to clean drinking water," says Bark Program Director, Amy Harwood, "Especially not for foreign energy sources and corporate profit." Palomar, a subsidiary of Northwest Natural and TransCanada has proposed a pipeline route that crosses over steep slopes and will require miles of new road-building, adding to the 4,000 miles of crumbling roads already threatening Mt. Hood's forests. As climate change impacts the acceleration of melting glaciers and snowpack, issues of sedimentation and landslide, exacerbated by increases of infrastructure, have become a major risk to the public.
For ten years, Bark has been a leader in putting the public back into public lands. We do this by encouraging people to get out into their national forest and be a part of monitoring management decisions. A group of trained "groundtruthers" will survey the proposed routes, including crossing several major creek and river crossings. An invitation for all to join the hike will be extended to the public for a weekend segment, halfway along the route and passing the popular recreation area, Timothy Lake. Saturday evening, Bark will host a BBQ-style dinner and campfire, as well as family-friendly entertainment to encourage dialogue about these important issues. As the watchdogs of Mt. Hood National Forest for over a decade, we will engage the public in documenting and defending these precious remaining forests as they stand today.
Bark works towards a vision of transformation for 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.
More information can be found at
Bark's website, www.bark-out.org or by calling 503-331-0374.