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Bark-About: To the Historic Tilly Jane Trail On the Slopes of Mt. Hood

In the fall of 2008, while Bark was hosting a summit on the future of recreation in Mt. Hood National Forest, the forests surrounding one of Mt. Hood's most popular trail systems burned. One of the larger fires in recent history on Mt. Hood left the Tilly Jane and Cooper Spur a very different landscape.
In February of this year, the Mt. Hood Wilderness Bill passed expanding the nearby wilderness area to include the burn complex, protecting it from future logging and development. Bark has been spending the past two years hiking through the burn area taking notes and learning from this incredible opportunity to witness a forest in transformation. Presence of new species, dependent on fire in our ecosystem can be seen all along the trails. We will be joined by birder Jeff Schwilk to help identify some of the rare species that have started to move in on this renewed ecosystem.

Sunday, July 11th 2010, 9am-5pm

This hike is different than many of our hikes in a couple of ways. WE STRONGLY DISCOURAGE DOGS ON THIS HIKE. There is a ban from walking off of the trail because of the state that the soil is currently in from the burn and we have concerns about dogs becoming unleashed. Additionally, THIS HIKE IS FAIRLY STEEP. Although, we will go slow and not be hiking more than 3.5 miles over the whole course of the day, we encourage you to read up on the area by going to www.portlandhiker.org and searching for trip reports on the Tilly Jane Trail. If you have concerns or questions about your attendance on the hike, email  amy@bark-out.org before Sunday morning.

Carpools meet at the Hollywood Trader Joe's, 4121 NE Halsey in Portland. It is across the street from the Hollywood Transit Center, near the I-84 exit 2. If you would like to meet us between Portland and the forest, please call the Bark office in the week before the hike to arrange a meeting location.

Please bring lunch, water and sturdy sneakers or boots. As well, the sun is very direct in the burned area, so please dress accordingly and bring sunblock. We also HIGHLY encourage people to bring money for gas to give to people willing to drive. We sincerely appreciate people who make our carpools work and hope you can help us keep this tradition alive by directly supporting our volunteer carpool.

For questions about the hike or what to bring, please call the office at 503-331-0374 in the week before the hike.

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