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!

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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

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
escape. […]

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