What is BCR’s History & Mission?
Bear Creek Recovery (BCR) formed in 2013, when a handful of Molalla-area citizens saw an opportunity to improve the quality of life in and around Molalla, by helping to restore Bear Creek. Their Mission is to inform other citizens about Bear Creek, and help steer government officials toward decisions that reinvigorate the health and value of Bear Creek. They recognized that Bear Creek is a tremendous natural asset which has not been properly considered in a long history of actions (and inactions) by city, county and state officials.
Why the name ‘Bear Creek Recovery’?
Many similar groups have names such as ‘Friends of Bear Creek’ or ‘Save Bear Creek’. When the group formed in 2013, these other names were considered, but the name ‘Bear Creek Recovery’ was chosen. ‘Recovery’ emphasizes that this creek has been neglected, abused, ignored and all but destroyed in the first one hundred years of Molalla’s existence. It also emphasizes the goal of repairing these damages and making Bear Creek healthy again.
What is the ‘FrogBlog’?
Officially started in August 2014, ‘FrogBlog’ is BCR’s main tool for sharing information about Bear Creek. This blog aims to provide fresh news related to Bear Creek, while also offering a limited discussion forum for concerned citizens. Additionally, the Post format will be used to collect and organize the hundreds of documents that have been generated over the years. Please note that Posts showing these reference materials will be filed using their actual date, which may in some cases precede the Blog by many years.
What is the BCR Policy on Comments & Censorship?
BCR encourages full and open communications about issues relevant to the health of Bear Creek. BCR is strongly opposed to censorship or ‘spin’ in any form. However, to ensure the quality and public value of this website, we will apply basic standards for civil discussion and reserve the right to remove or NOT post certain submissions. In the event anyone feels that their work is being censored, they are welcome to submit a letter explaining their grievance, and a copy of that letter will be made available to readers. If readers then begin to advocate on behalf of the grievant, BCR may end up reversing their decision, in which case BCR will clearly post this change along with an apology.
I would like to submit an article. Can I?
Absolutely. All article submissions are strongly encouraged. In fact, we hope that the ‘FrogBlog’ will soon become the leading forum for citizens to discuss Bear Creek issues. You are welcome to send an email with your idea (or with your finished article) to: Admin@bearcreekrecovery.org.
What can I do to help Bear Creek?
First and foremost, be active and engaged within your community.
Hike, jog, or bike along the abandoned Forest Road, which parallels Bear Creek. Take your binoculars and do some birding. Discover this great natural resource, and share it with your family and friends.
Learn more about the local history, geography, and ecology of Bear Creek. The internet is a wonderful resource, and this website aims to provide reference materials and links to help you learn more.
Attend hearings, city planning commission meetings, and other public events. Speak up. Ensure that your elected officials and appointed officials are focused on the potential for Bear Creek, and acting toward achieving that potential. When these officials fail, let them know that their failure is noticed and needs to be corrected.
Can BCR help to simplify the acronyms and technical jargon?
Yes, we can. In the big picture, this really is not that technical. The land and water at the headwaters area of Bear Creek have been contaminated by sawmill use of pentachlorophenol, and there are substantial concerns that Molalla Sewage Treatment Plant may be dispersing other contaminants via liquid and solid waste byproducts. The process of assessing (and eventually removing) these contaminants includes the preparation of technical reports, which can become less readable due to ‘geek-speak’. So, if you run into a term that is not clear, please see the BCR.org webpage ‘A Glossary of Acronyms & Terms’ for short, simple explanations. And, if you find a term that you feel should be added to the BCR Glossary, please let us know.