What is Free Mt. Hood?
Free Mt. Hood is a campaign to make Mt. Hood National Forest a 21st century model for public forest management. In this era of climatic change, public lands must be considered our greatest climate asset. Management priorities must be centered around climate resilience; protecting drinking water sources, enhancing wildlife habitat connectivity and climate refugia, and safeguarding cultural values and carbon sequestration potential. The outdated Mt. Hood Forest Management Plan prioritizes sustained, commercial logging and the Forest Service continues to develop actions aimed at converting mature, natural forest into managed timber plantations. Updates to this management plan are long overdue. With your support, a new vision for the forests and waters of Mt. Hood can emerge; a vision based on the inherent value of intact ecosystems and the values and needs of surrounding communities.
Massive logging proposals like the Crystal Clear Timber Sale demonstrate the priorities of the current Forest Management Plan. Industrial, commercial-grade logging projects and roadbuilding weaken the ecosystem and the forest's ability to adapt to the changing climate. The Forest Service can continue these destructive activities so long as the Forest Management Plan remains as it was originally written in 1990.
The Free Mt. Hood Campaign is the gateway for community action to change the priorities and protect this incredible ecosystem before it's lost forever.