WEEK 2: OREGON COAST TRAIL – Cape Arago

Your furry friends are Trailkeepers too!

Donate $30 or more before midnight on Sunday 11/14 and you’ll be entered to win a doggy hiking essentials kit from our friends at Ruffwear.

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Can’t give $? Volunteer at any of our trail party events between 11/8 and 11/14, and you’ll be entered to win too!

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Protect & explore the trails of the Southern Oregon Coast.

In 2019, TKO staff and funding partners were laying the groundwork to start a movement of stewardship on Oregon’s south coast. Over the last two years, Oregon Coast Visitors Association funding helped us build a movement of trail stewardship in the southern Oregon Coast region. In addition to ongoing volunteer agreements with Oregon State Parks – Harris Beach Management Unit and USFS Siuslaw and Rogue-Siskiyou National Forests, we have expanded our service areas to include Oregon Department of State Lands South Slough Reserve and Oregon State Parks – Sunset Bay Management Unit. We have assessed trails to build a portfolio of projects to tackle and have hosted several volunteer trainings, including Crew Leadership and Ambassador trainings, to help drum up a beat of stewardship within communities that are eager to get out and improve their trails. Donate today to support our ongoing efforts to empowering south coast communities to steward their amazing trails. 

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Cape Arago

Cape Arago 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.  At Cape Arago and Sunset Bay State Parks we have been lop, lop, lopping all summer long! 152 volunteer hours this summer, mostly on the East Loop Trail that connects to the Pack Trail. This trail was nearly lost to the overgrowth and we are saving it! We also retreaded the pack trail after the spruce trees that blew over last winter were sawed out of the way. 

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One hiking boot in front of the other

Did you know that most of our trail parties are lead by other volunteers? These amazing folks have taken the time to train extensively in first aid, equity work and trail maintenance skills to provide the unique and positive volunteer experience that TKO is known for. With out volunteer Crew Leaders, none of the work we do gets done. In the fall of this year, TKO staff hosted a three day training series with the aim of growing a new batch of volunteer Crew Leaders in the South Coast region. Members of the community came out to learn new skills, give back to the trails they love, and help TKO grow. Your donation helps them to have the supplies and support they need to get more volunteers out on more trails than ever before!

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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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