Bark, the watchdog group of Mt. Hood forests, announces Hike the Pipe, an event to raise awareness of the threats to Oregon's old-growth forests, scenic rivers, and hiking trails by the proposed pipeline connecting to liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals on the coast.
Across western Oregon citizens are uniting against building a 210-mile pipeline through public and private lands. 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.
A group of trained "groundtruthers" will be surveying the proposed route, including crossing several major creek and riverways. An invitation for all to hike will be extended to the public for the weekend of June 14th and 15th, halfway along the 40-mile route. Attendees will follow the pipeline route past the popular recreation area, Timothy Lake. On Saturday evening Bark will host a BBQ-style dinner and campfire with family-friendly entertainment to encourage dialogue about the pipeline, as well as sharing stories from the route. The camp-out site will be near Timothy Lake.
More information can be found at Bark's website: http://www.bark-out.org, or by calling 503-331-0374.