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

Become a Volunteer Trail Ambassador!

By Cheryl Hill – TKO Trail Ambassador and author of Fire Lookouts of Oregon

You may know that you can volunteer with TKO to build and maintain trails, but did you know that you can also volunteer as a Trail Ambassador?

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Call for Volunteers to serve as Trail Ambassadors

Portland, Ore. – March 3, 2022 – This spring, Trailkeepers of Oregon, the US Forest Service, Oregon State Parks  and the Mt. Hood – Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance are kicking off another season of the Trail Ambassador Program to equip visitors with the information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when hiking and visiting the region. The Trail Ambassador 2022 season will kick-off on Earth Day weekend, April 23rd, and Trailkeepers of Oregon is currently seeking volunteers.

 

Volunteer Trail Ambassadors are placed at some of the busiest trailheads in the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood. Volunteers will have the opportunity to table at trailheads and hike the trails on weekends during peak season. Volunteers will engage with the public to answer hiking and destination related questions, promote responsible stewardship ethics, communicate about trail conditions and alternative hike information, as well as direct folks to resources such as OregonHikers.org, Ready, Set, GOrge, and land manager and partner websites.

 

Trail Ambassadors communicate key safety and trail condition information integral to both keeping folks safe and promoting stewardship of our most heavily visited recreation sites. Staying on official trails, packing out waste, being responsible with pets, and knowing about other nearby options if the destination is overcrowded, are important aspects of the program.

 

“Local volunteer Trail Ambassadors are one of the greatest assets we have in the region to help inform and inspire safe and positive hiking experiences on our trails. A warm welcome and helpful advice can make the difference in having a good vs. bad experience on a trail and that is what Trail Ambassadors can provide. And who is better at sharing a favorite post-hike lunch or brewery suggestion than a local?” said Lizzie Keenan, Regional Lead for the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Regional Tourism Alliance. 

 

Program organizers are looking for friendly, professional, outgoing individuals who enjoy informing and helping others and possess knowledge of Gorge and Mt. Hood trails. Volunteers are required to take an online training before signing up to volunteer.

 

For Trail Ambassador Program details and to sign up to volunteer, go to trailkeepersoforegon.org/trailambassadors.

 

There will be an online information sessions to answer any questions about the program. The next sessions are on March 16 at 6:30pm and April 6th at 12pm. Please register for the info sessions here.

For additional press questions, please contact Natalie Ferraro with Trailkeepers of Oregon at natalie.ferraro@trailkeepersoforegon.org

The Clackamas River Trail: a wildfire recovery primer

TKO and Forest Service staff scout and remove logs on the Clackamas River Trail during the winter.

Since cutting their saw teeth after the Eagle Creek Fire in 2017, TKO Volunteers have (unfortunately) gotten really good at using their skills to recover trails from wildfire. Mt Hood National Forest has engaged TKO to help in the rehabilitation of the Clackamas River Trail, a popular hiking destination within the Mt Hood National Forest. […]

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