News from the Trail

Hiking in Virtual Time

May 25th, 2020

By Tom Kloster

After the Eagle Creek Fire in September 2017, I know I was not alone in
sorting through photos and trip reports from before the fire. While it has
taken time for all of us to absorb the changes the fire brought to the Gorge,
seeing old photos of our favorite places from years passed was a needed
escape.

Activating Oregon’s citizenry, a moment for a movement

May 23rd, 2020

by Steve Kruger – TKO Executive Director

I am deeply concerned about what is happening to our Oregon State Parks with reductions in operational staff and the possible layoffs of critical support within the agency’s ranks. We are concerned this is a preview of what is going to happen across all public lands. All federal, state and local lands are scrambling to catch up on season staff changes while managing new normals in visitor safety — all in a time of re-opening public lands and the looming realities of shrinking budgets. Oregon’s citizenry can help, if we make it a priority.

[To land managers – Please don’t take this message as a slight on our work together in this critical time. There are a number of examples of you persevering to get volunteers to help you all – we are excited to celebrate that effort soon. This is an acknowledgement of your excellence, the importance of our work together and what you all are struggling to balance.]

Interview with a Volunteer – Daron

May 18th, 2020
Picture of volunteer Daron when she earned her green hard hat

A proud day for Daron, having attended 5 trail parties and earned her green hat.

Bringing the Trail Crew to you! This is a continuation of our “Interview with a Volunteer” series that we’ll be using to bring the fun of being a Trailkeeper to you while you stay safe at home.

Nature Without Us

April 20th, 2020

by Paul Gerald | TKO Board President

 person walks away from the camera along a dirt road through a field of yellow flowers

Spring wildflowers at Rowens Crest. Photo by Cheryl Hill.

For the first time in 20-plus years of living in Portland, I am missing the Gorge wildflower season. It is, in the proverbial sense, killing me. But I take comfort from two facts: It’s the right thing to do, and the flowers will probably be better off without us stepping on them for a season.

Staying strong together, while physically apart

April 10th, 2020

by Steve Kruger – TKO Executive Director

This time last April, TKO family-friendly event at Oxbow.

Many of you may recall my end of year letter, sharing with you how my 3 year old son has grown up around TKO and the trails adventures we’ve been able to explore. Doing our best to stick close to home and balance two working parents, my son Van has been experiencing the simpler things – which to him are out of this world

Important Message for All TKO Supporters

April 10th, 2020

Fellow Trailkeepers, 

We hope this finds you healthy and at home! With the normal world flipped on its head, we wanted to let you know the options we’re offering for TKO Membership during this time. 

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