WEEK 5: CHEHALEM RIDGE

Say it loud and proud!
Support TKO’s mission of safe and welcoming trails while rocking this limited edition cotton blend tee.

Supplies are limited!

A special thanks to Pacific North Press, donating the screen printing costs of these t-shirts so that your purchase can go further in supporting TKO and everyone’s access to trails!

Trails Are For Everyone.

The REI Co-op believes that a life outdoors is a life well lived. REI wants to make it easy for you and your friends to get outside and enjoy trails and nature near you, so REI has donated a COMPLETE CAMPING SET for one lucky donor to win this week ONLY.

The camping set includes everything (really, everything!) you need to get outside and get camping. This prize retails for $896.90, but you can get entered to win for a donation of only $200 or more. Check out below for the full details!

Support Trails for All

There’s more than one way to win! Volunteer at any of our events this week (11/29 – 12/5) and you’ll also be entered to win!

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Support local nature-hoods.

Access to outdoor experiences is a right that everyone should have. While many find that connections to nature are just out their back door or a simple drive to a familiar trailhead, TKO recognizes that many people experience challenges in accessing nature for a variety of reasons including a lack of resources and concerns for personal safety. We seek to be a part of the solution to build safe and welcoming trails for all.

Chehalem Ridge Nature Park is one of several new efforts by Metro Parks and Nature to provide new and accessible nature experiences close to the urban hub of Portland. TKO volunteers have been a part of the trail planning process since the beginning, contributing many hours of time and work in helping to plan the new trails at this beautiful soon-to-be-opened park. Our work expands to many local, nature-hoods that bridge green spaces to our urban centers – adding value to the quality of life we seek to enjoy in Oregon. TKO volunteers have come together on a variety of projects with Metro Parks & Nature, in the future we are going to be lifting even more with a number of new park developments. Your support builds a community engagement that will see that the value of these places is met with a vested interest in their care.

I want to support trails in Oregon

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CHEHALEM RIDGE NATURE PARK

TRAILS ARE FOR EVERYONE

With its close proximity to the urban hub of Portland, the work TKO has been doing to bring Chehalem Ridge to life has provided a perfect opportunity to expand on the traditional trail work experience. In 2021 we offered several shared-identity trail parties exclusively for women, and for volunteers from the LGBTQ+ community. These events have proved first hand that intentionally creating space for shared community encourages volunteers who might not otherwise have felt comfortable signing up to finally join in the fun!

We are able to offer these types of events because donors like you believe that trails and the life changing experiences they provide should be accessible to everyone who wants them. Help Oregon’s trail legacy be one that everyone can enjoy by donating today!

Join the legacy

TRAILKEEPERS UNIVERSITY

EQUIPPING NEW STEWARDS

The scope of the project at Chehalem Ridge has involved every facet of trail work that there is. From planning and design, log removal, cutting in new trail, ensuring the trails meet accessibility guidelines and putting in all the finishing touches. This project has provided us with a learning laboratory for several Trailkeeper University training events in 2021, including Intro to Rigging, New Trail Flagging, and even a crosscut saw felling class.

Even though the park is opening to the public soon, TKO has committed to supporting this wonderful site by continuing to engage volunteer on stewardship projects. Our goal is not just to build these new trails, but to make sure that they stay open and accessible for many more years to come. You can help us keep the legacy of this and other trails in Oregon going strong by donating today.

Join the legacy

Latest News

Trail Ambassador Program Updates

The rainy spring has led to a slower start to the outdoor season, but our Trail Ambassadors have been getting out and representing at trails through it all! Thank you to all our volunteers who helped make a difference on the coast, throughout the Columbia River Gorge, and on Mount Hood this month. We couldn’t do it without you!

In an effort to continually improve the TKO volunteer experience, we have added to and updated a few aspects of the Trail Ambassador program, and we are excited to share them with you!

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Making Way for New Trail

By Mark Wattier, TKO Crew Leader

The Wilson River Trail goes for 24 miles through the Coast Range, sometimes following its namesake river, and sometimes diverging into the mountains. There has been talk for years about an extension to the trail, but the Oregon Department of Forestry doesn’t have much of a budget for things like new trails. This is where TKO has been able to step in and help. […]

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Welcome back!

To all of our volunteers, whether this is your first season or you’ve been with us for years, welcome to the 2022 Trail Ambassador season! We are very fortunate to have such passionate and dedicated volunteers, and we are so excited to be back on the trails with you.

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