WEEK 3: SILVER FALLS & OTHER OREGON GEMS

Hiking Trails of the Pacific Northwest, Virtual Book Tour!

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Photographer Bart Smith, along with authors William Sullivan and Craig Romano led us through the PNW’s most special hiking experiences on November 22nd, but you can still take advantage of this special deal. Click the button below to & donate $75 or more to receive a copy of the book + a one year TKO membership!

Book + TKO Membership

Maintain our connections to Oregon’s scenic sites.

Waterfalls throughout our landscape are as iconic as the Douglas fir tree. We celebrate them with great fanfare as a quintessential outdoor highlight to be sought after, connected to and protected. Trails connecting to these scenic sites are in constant need of keepers to tend to their care.

Silver Falls State Park is the flagship of the Oregon State Parks system and a waterfall alley all on its own. We began forging our relationships with the trails and the rangers there in 2019 and we have come a long way! We began by building a cohort of volunteer leaders in the Willamette valley who have helped us to begin to steadily drum a beat of stewardship in the the region. TKO volunteers have come together on a variety of projects at Silver Falls including building a crib wall to shore up part of the Canyon Trail that was being eroded, installing gabions to correct trail erosion from drainage and even began work on a brand new trail! We hope to have this new trails completed for the park’s centennial celebration.

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BUILDING TRUST & MORE CREW LEADERS

TKO has been a nonprofit for just over 12 years. We are Portland-based, but that is now changing and we are growing our geographic reach. Oregon State Parks has been a gateway for our growth, taking our strong partnerships with parks in the Portland/Gorge region and letting that trust spread to other parks. With strong relationships to precede us, stewardship growth can only happen through recruiting and training more volunteer leaders. The only reason we are able to start in at Silver Falls is because local leaders stepped up to the challenge and because of TKO’s strong relationships with park staff who are confident in our work. Help us impact even more trails in more State Parks, become a Legacy Builder today.

Book + TKO Membership
“I really enjoy the work and am very happy to give back to a park that offers so much and have used for many years. Silver Falls is always enjoyable no matter what season.”
– Art M., TKO Crew Leader at Silver Falls

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