As a transcultural music ensemble delivering ancient and modern koto music on traditional instruments, it’s really no surprise that Oregon Koto-Kai would be ready to grow as an organization.
The trouble with kotos is that you can’t just restring ’em like you would a guitar or a violin or what have you. You actually have to get a koto expert to sit down with the six-foot long thing and battle it out for the better part of an hour.
“Whenever it rains, water washes over every inch of road in the forest. And as each drop heads downhill toward the waterways that line our forest valleys, they carry with them little souvenirs from their roadtrips.”
When I wrote this piece, the Mt. Hood Forest Service was in the process of gathering information that would support their upcoming “TAP” project, a nationwide initiative aimed at reducing road volume in the National Forest system.
This two sided, 1/2 sheet sized, color flyer was part of a promotional materials package designed to educate and mobilize members of the communities surrounding Mt. Hood.
Like other pieces I wrote for Bark during this time, the September Newsletter focused on road reduction in Mt. Hood National Forest.
“According to the Forest Service, sediment contribution from roads to streams is greater than all other forest management activities combined. That means there’s a direct tradeoff between road volume and water quality.”
This was my first newsletter, and I had a lot of fun with it.
Bark was cautious about paying me to produce fundraising materials because, at the time, I really didn’t have much by way of a portfolio to convince them.