WEEK 2: OREGON COAST TRAIL – Samuel Boardman Corridor

Your furry friends are Trailkeepers too!

Donate $30 or more before midnight on Sunday 11/15 and you’ll be entered to win one of two doggy hiking essentials kits from our friends at Ruffwear.

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Can’t give $? Volunteer at any of our trail party events between 11/9 and 11/15, and you’ll be entered to win too!

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Protect & explore the trails of the Southern Oregon Coast.

Last year TKO staff and funding partners were laying the groundwork to start a movement of stewardship on Oregon’s south coast. In 2020, phase 2 of our Oregon Coast Visitors Association funding has helped us build a movement of trail stewardship in the southern Oregon Coast region. We’ve signed volunteer agreements with Oregon State Parks Harris Beach Management Unit and expanded our agreements with the Siuslaw and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests, assessed trails to build a portfolio of projects to tackle and have an internship position to help drum up a beat of stewardship within communities that are eager to get out and improve their trails.  Our intern, an OPRD seasonal whose position was unavailable in the wake of COVID related funding, was able to shore up the OPRD staff challenges by engaging in trail work that park rangers weren’t able to get to. This kept trails open that would have otherwise become inaccessible.  The short term funding has been vital, but we’re on this trail for the long haul. That’s where you come in! Donate today to support our efforts to empowering south coast communities to steward their amazing trails. 

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SOUTH OREGON COAST

SAMUEL BOARDMAN

The Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor is a breathtaking section of the Oregon Coast.  In 2020, TKO pledged to increase trail stewardship in this, and other awe inspiring areas on the southern coast.  Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19, we engaged in volunteer events, including trail maintenance, Trail Ambassador events, and stewardship trainings both online and in-person.  We partnered extensively with Oregon Parks and Recreation to address immediate needs brought on by staffing challenges that result from the pandemic. Our strategy including bring on a previous OPRD employee as an intern who was able to support park staff with trail maintenance during a very challenging summer.

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LOWER ROGUE RIVER

In the fall of this year, TKO partnered with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest to perform needed maintenance on the Lower Rogue River trail.  With the help of a few intrepid volunteers, we logged out and massaged tread on three miles of trail, in addition to performing some much needed maintenance on the parking area.  We’ve already got plans in place to return to this gorgeous area next spring and summer to engage in boat supported, week long excursions into the upper reaches of the Lower Rogue!

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Latest News

Trail Ambassador Season Wrap-Up

Dear Ambassadors,

Congratulations on the 2020 season! With challenges seemingly around every corner, it was certainly not an easy road, but we still accomplished some big things. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you who participated this year, either by signing up for a volunteer shift or by just staying in the loop by being on the email list.

We kicked off the season by collaborating on and premiering the first online Trail Ambassador Training. A big shout out to the volunteers who helped to design and give feedback on the training, and to those who contributed their voices. Thanks to the online training, we were able to overcome the ban on public gatherings and had over 30 volunteers gear up to be ambassadors, with about 50% of those folks being new to the program this year. 

Even though the pandemic ultimately meant we were limited to only four open trailheads, those of you who went out had a big impact. Huge thank you to the volunteers who got out there and set up their physically distanced Ambassador stations in the face of uncertain trail openings, and an unprecedented amount of use on public lands this summer. You answered questions for over 200 hikers, helped to normalize mask wearing on the trail, and provided valuable on-the-ground feedback for land managers. 

It’s been exciting to see so many of you get involved with the new On-trail Ambassador program that we recently debuted. By eliminating the need for public interaction, we hope this will provide an opportunity for more folks to be active in the program during what continues to be a challenging year. We decided to offer this volunteer opportunity year round, in the hopes that it will prove to be a useful feedback tool for land managers and a great way for you to stay active as an Ambassador through the rainy portion of the hiking season.

This year saw the Trail Ambassador program emerge as a network capable of innovation, flexibility and teamwork. We forged new relationships with our sister programs in Washington state, on the Oregon Coast, and with our friends in the River Ambassador program. Through this network of collaboration, volunteers were able to get out to trails and beaches on the North Coast, our volunteer training was able to be more inclusive, and we helped advise a fledgling Ambassador program near Seattle. We showed just how powerful the network model can be, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish next year. 

In a year where many things were uncertain, you kept the heart of this program beating. No matter what the next year brings, I look forward to continuing the good work of this program with a stellar group of volunteers, stakeholders and partners. Thank you for your dedication to the program and to Oregon’s trails.

 

Natalie Ferraro | Engagement Manager

natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org

 

Interview with a Volunteer – Claudio

 

A photo of Crew Leader Claudio Berstein

Crew Leader Claudio Berstein

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. […]

Hiking in Virtual Time

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
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